Madras HC: Why hesitate to pay victim of custodial violence if you can pay people who committed suicide
news Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | October 29, 2014 | 12.45 pm IST A division bench of Madras High Court refused to interfere with the single benchâ€™s order where it had asked the Tamil Nadu government to pay Rs. 2 lakh as compensation and medical aid to a woman who was allegedly tortured and raped two months ago by the Udumalpet police. The single bench of Justice V Ramasubramanian on September 24 had ordered the state to pay Rs. 2 lakh and asked the CBI to investigate the allegations against the police. The governmentâ€™s appeal against the single bench's order that had come up before the division bench comprising of Justice Satish Agnihotri and Justice KK Sasidharan on Tuesday was rejected. The CBI informed this bench that half the investigation was already over. The bench permitted the CBI to complete the investigation and has adjourned the matter to November 28, Times of India reported. The bench came out in strong words against the AIADMK government. It said that if Rs. 3 lakh could be provided to people who committed suicide, there need be no hesitation to provide Rs. 2 lakh to a victim of custodial violence. Citing, among others, this incident of custodial violence that allegedly took place in the Udumalpet police station, a PIL was filed in the Madras High Court by Vengai Prakash Raj on Tuesday asking why CCTV cameras could not be installed in all police stations. The bench comprising of the Chief Justice admitted the petition and issued notice to the state government seeking a response. The matter has been listed on December 16.