CHENNAI: Holding that the local police had failed to complete the probe in a murder case even after 14 long years, Madras High Court on Friday transferred the investigation to CBI. The court also directed the Director General of Police to pay Rs 3 lakh as compensation to the legal heirs of the deceased as per the Tamil Nadu Victim Compensation Scheme.
The case pertains to the a murder of Shenbagavalli, a resident of Villupuram, in October 10, 1999. A case was registered in the Vikaravandi Police Station, but was transferred to the CB-CID on June 5, 2000 as the State police could not make any progress.
In 2002, the CB-CID sought six more months to complete the probe. But, as there was no progress in the investigation, the petitioner moved contempt charges in 2002, which was closed as the court found that the investigation was done seriously.
As the case had not been solved even after 14 years, the petitioner moved the High Court seeking a direction to transfer the case to the CBI. Taking note of the status report filed by the Additional Superintendent of Police, CB-CID, that the culprits could not be traced, Justice S Nagamuthu observed that the petitioner had waited for an unduly long period and cannot be made to wait longer when the State police could not make any progress.