Chennai: Police officials allegedly involved in the custodial deaths of P Jayaraj and J Fenix can be legally tried according to a latest High court observation.
On Tuesday, the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court observed sufficient grounds for registration of a case against police officials in reference to the alleged custodial death of the father-son duo in Thoothukudi.
The Madras court also sought a response within four weeks from Additional Deputy Superintendent of Police, Deputy Superintendent of Police and police officials on the judicial magistrate contempt issue.
Earlier, the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court had held that it will not interfere with the decision of the Tamil Nadu government to transfer the case related to the alleged custodial deaths of a father and son in Thoothukudi district to the CBI.
59 year old P. Jayaraj and his 31 year old son J Fenix were picked up by police. On June 21, the duo succumbed to injuries at the Kovilpatti sub-jail. It is alleged that they died owing to injuries sustained at the lock-up. The duo were picked up by police for having kept their mobile phone accessories shop in the Sathankulam main bazaar area open during the curfew timing of the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
A case has also been filed against the two under relevant charges for the same.The father and son were admitted to the Kovilpatti government hospital on June 22. While the son died on the same night, the father breathed his last on June 23 morning.
Meanwhile, IG Police, EOW, Dr S Murugan has been transferred to Madurai as IG Police. S Jeyakumar, SP, Villuparam district has been transferred as SP Thoothukudi.