The Madras High Court has admitted a plea moved by the father of a victim who was killed in the police firing in Thoothukudi, seeking to release his body for performing the last rites.
The vacation bench comprising Justice T Ravindran and Justice P Velmurugan on observing that the court must make sure that the post-mortem examination of those killed in police firing is being held as per the prescribed procedures, allowed the petitioner S Balaiah to implead himself as a party to the litigation which is pending before the Court. The bench then posted the matter for further hearing to May 30.
The petitioner had submitted that his son Shanmugam residing in Teachers’ Colony unaware of the agitation against Sterlite had gone to draw cash from an ATM nearby the Thoothukudi Collectorate when he was killed in police firing.
Stating that his son was working as an auditor after completing MBA and share trader and was not involved in the protest, the petitioner lamented that his son turned out to be a victim of police firing by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Noting that the authorities refused to hand over the body of his son owing to the Court’s interim order, the petitioner sought for a direction to hand over the body of his son to enable him to perform the