CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has pulled up the Inspector, Triplicane Police Station, for not registering an FIR in connection with alleged bribery charges by an MTC bus driver against his higher-ups.
At the end of an year-long ordeal in which, 40-year old, father of three, had to manage without any salary, the court directed the city police commissioner to pass appropriate orders within six months. M Thirumalai had to travel nearly 100 km each day between home and Tondiarpet depot where he worked. He applied for a transfer to a depot at Arakkonam, located 10 km from his village (Ganapathipuram).
To his fortune, an employee of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) had applied for a transfer to Tondiarpet and they both applied for a mutual transfer. Accordingly, Thirumalai was supposed to be relieved on March 3, 2016.
Thirumalai alleged that his higher-ups in MTC headquarters -- two deputy managers, demanded a bribe of `70,000 through their office assistant (who approached him posing as Rajesh) without which they refused to issue relieving orders. For the next four months, Thirumalai was made to run from pillar to post. The driver had to knock the doors of money-lenders to support his wife and three school-going children.
He then approached the Triplicane Police Station, where the police inspector G Manivannan allegedly refused to accept his complaint. “I was verbally abused and chased away from the station,” Thirumalai, said in his complaint to the city police commissioner in July 2016 against the inspector. He subsequently filed a petition with the Egmore Metropolitan Court where his case was disposed of.
He then went on appeal before the High Court in December 2016 seeking to take action against the inspector and MTC authorities under various provisions of IPC. On July 4, Justice M S Ramesh directed the city police commissioner to depute a police official not less than the rank of assistant commissioner to look into the complaint and pass appropriate orders within six months.
Responding to the court verdict, an MTC official said in general relieving orders were issued soon after transfer order was issued. In this case, there was a delay because of the election code of conduct.