KOCHI: Coming down heavily on the police for registering a case against a person who died in an accident, the High Court has directed the state police chief to entrust the probe with an officer not below the rank of DySP attached to the Crime Branch Hurt and Homicide Wing.
The court also directed the state police chief to order an inquiry to identify the guilty police officers and asked to proceed against them on the administrative side. The court issued the order on the petition filed by Manual Thomas Kappan, of Chemmattam Vayal, Kanhangad, the father of the deceased. The petitioner’s son Thomas M Kappan, 22, sustained serious injuries when the car he was driving hit a tipper lorry at Changaramkulam on December 31, 2017. He later succumbed to the injuries at a hospital.
The FIR said the rash and reckless driving of the car driver led to the accident. The court summoned K P Mahesh, SI, Changaramangalam police station, who registered the case. The court noted the SI produced two case diaries before the court, which means he was maintaining a parallel case diary. This is illegal and he had no explanation for it.