Amid nation-wide outrage, TN govt to transfer Tuticorin father-son custodial death case to CBI


JUNE 28, 2020

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters. – Sanchit Khanna/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Amid the outrage against the alleged custodial death of a father-son duo in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin district, the state government on Sunday decided to transfer the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Chief Minister K Palaniswami said today.

The government’s decision will be informed to the Madras High Court, which is seized of the matter, and secure its approval before transferring the case to the central agency, he said as reported by news agency PTI. “The government has decided that the CBI will probe the case,” Palaniswami said.

P Jayaraj and his son Fennix, arrested for ‘violating’ lockdown norms over business hours of their cellphone shop, died at a hospital in Kovilpatti on June 23, with their relatives alleging they were severely thrashed at the Sathankulam police station by police personnel earlier.

Earlier yesterday, on the instructions of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High court, the judicial magistrates of Kovilpatti and Tuticorin conducted an inquiry at the Kovilpatti sub-jail in connection with the alleged custodial deaths.

The Madurai bench of Madras High court, which suo moto heard the case on Friday (June 26) ordered the magistrates to collect photographic records of entries and the CCTV footage of the dates that the father-son duo were at the sub-jail.

Courtesy/Source: Jagran English / Hindustan Times / PTI