STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

High Court tells cops to compensate accused for illegal handcuff

Published: 25th July 2013 08:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th July 2013 08:21 AM   |  A+A-

In what could perhaps force the police to guard against human rights violations, the Madras High Court (Madurai Bench) on Wednesday directed four Madurai policemen to each pay Rs 10,000 as “compensation” to a detenue whom they had handcuffed in violation of Supreme Court guidelines. However, the judges steered clear of “penalising” the constables on humanitarian grounds.

A division bench comprising Justices N Paul Vasantha Kumar and P Devadass delivered the verdict on a petition filed by I Nirmala, wife of Muthupandi, a functionary of the pro-Eelam outfit Tamil Puligal Movement.

In April 2011, Muthupandi was arrested by the Koodakovil police in connection with a bus burning case. While escorting him from a magistrate court to the Madurai Central Prison four policemen - Selvam, Alagarpandi, Ramakrishnan and Gunasekaran - handcuffed him without obtaining the Magistrate’s permission which is mandatory as per the Supreme Court’s ruling in various cases.

Hence, Nirmala prayed the court to punish the policemen concerned.

When the petition came up for hearing on Wednesday, the former Madurai Superintendent of Police Asra Garg appeared before the judges as per an earlier direction. The judges directed Garg to produce the four police personnel concerned and passed over the case.

When the hearing resumed in the afternoon, the police constables appeared in the court and admitted that they had handcuffed Muthupandi.

Citing various SC rulings, including in the Citizens for Democracy Vs State of Assam case, the judges held that the policemen had violated the guidelines laid down by SC. However, the bench did not want to punish the policemen since it would spoil their service.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp