CHENNAI: Madras High Court has directed the Erode district police to preserve the body of a Dalit man, suspected to have been murdered by dominant castes, till March 28, when the petition seeking a CB-CID investigation into it will again come up for hearing. Justice T Mathivanan gave the direction on Thursday, while passing interim orders on a writ petition from C Balasubramanian of Nallampatti village in Erode seeking transfer of the probe into the death of his father Chinnasamy from the local police to the CB-CID and to hold a second post-mortem.
When the petition came up, Additional Government Pleader P Sanjay Gandhi submitted that the matter might be listed on March 28, to enable him to get instructions from the state government.
The Judge said till the conduct of the second post mortem, the local police shall not insist the petitioner to accept the body. The body should be preserved in a mortuary of a government hospital in Coimbatore till then, the Judge directed. The case was on March 28 for the next hearing.