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Plea against cops posted in natives dismissed

A petition which sought the implementation of 2001 circular of Director General Police (DGP) which mandates the police officials to not appoint them in their native districts was dismissed by Madurai Bench of Madras High Court, on Wednesday.

Plea against cops posted in natives dismissed
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Madurai bench of Madras High Court

Madurai

Petitioner, Suleef of Kanniyakumari, in his Public Interest Litigation (PIL), had stated that in the year 2001, the then DGP had sent a circulation based on a Government Order (GO) passed in the year 1992. 

According to the circular, police officials above the rank of Inspectors should not be appointed in their native districts and police officials above the rank of sub-Inspectors should not be appointed in the districts where their caste people are in a majority. 

The circular remains on paper and is not implemented. Particularly at Kanniyakumari, police officials who are the native of Kanniyakumari are working in large numbers. Because of the violation of the GO and the circular, investigation in many of the cases had been affected and could not be completed. 

Due to favouritism shown to their close relatives or to the people of their own castes, most cases remain unsolved in the area. So, the court should direct the police department to implement the GO and the circular, prayed the petitioner. 

When the petition was heard by Judges KK Saseedharan, and GR Swaminathan, they said that there is no exact count of police officials working in the native districts or in the districts where their caste population is higher and dismissed the petition. 

Illegal mining: Plea deferred by two weeks 
The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Wednesday, had directed the officials of Mines department and PWD to file counter affidavit, in a case which sought to stop illegal mining of sand at Kollidam river.
Petitioner, Kumaresan from Manachanallur in Tiruchirappalli district, in his petition, had stated that villages near Manachanallur, Kiliyanallur, Melpathur and Tiruvachi, are entirely dependent on Kollidam river for their water resources. However, the river had gone dry now and there is severe shortage of water in their village. In the meantime, river sand is mined illegally in Kollidam river bed with help of more than 500 lorries. Though government had approved for mining of river sand up to one metre, JCBs are used to mine till greater depths, which causes affects the ground level. Though PWD had directed the builders to used M-sand instead of river sand in 2011, the illegal sand mining in the river has not stopped, the petition stated. The Court should direct the government to stop illegal mining of sand at Kollidam river, prayed the petition. When the petition was heard by KK Saseedharan, and G.R.Swaminathan, government pleader had informed the Court that appropriate respondents were not added in the petition. Following this, the Judges included officials of PWD and Mines department and directed them to file counter affidavit for the petition. The Judges also adjourned the case for two weeks. 

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