Sridhar, who was working as the station house officer of Sathankulam police station in Thoothukudi, was arrested for the brutal assault of two traders- P Jeyaraj and his son Beniks in police custody.
Justice K Murali Shankar gave the direction while dismissing a bail petition filed by former sub-inspector of police P Ragu Ganesh, who is one of the key accused in the case.
The police department had initially attributed the death of Thamir to a drug overdose. However, the post-mortem report revealed that custodial assault also played a role in his death.
Petitioner argued that the continued probe by CB was an attempt to manipulate legal process
Karthick worked as a cleaner in an earth mover. He was taken to SS colony police station on January 13, 2019, for inquiry in connection with a burglary reported in their area.
As per the data tabled in the Lok Sabha this month, 14 custodial murders were reported in the state from 2018-2019 to 2022-2023.
Thamir, a native of Malappuram, was detained with 11 others in an NDPS case on July 31. However, he died while in the custody of the Tanur police on August 1.
Pursuant to an earlier direction of the NHRC, the principal chief conservator of forests had intimated to the commission about the arrest and suspension of six forest officials in this connection.
However, Sridhar denied the allegations and claimed he was not even present at the spot at the time of the incident.
The family of Nago Pasi has demanded a high-level inquiry into his death and action to be taken against the guilty policemen.
Previously, the Thamir Jifri Action Council had voiced suspicions that high-ranking cops in the district, including the SP and DySP, were obstructing the probe.
Nitish Kumar, the security guard hailing from Bihar, was employed at a construction firm in Nanakramguda, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Gachibowli police station.
The District Anti-Narcotics Special Action Force team took Thamir Jifri, a 30-year-old resident of A R Nagar, and four of his accomplices into custody on the afternoon of July 31.
IUML leader N Samsudheen told TNIE that allowing the SP to remain in his post could increase risk of tampering with evidence.
The government announced the decision to hand over the case, currently being probed by the crime branch, to the CBI on Wednesday.
IUML’s Shamsudeen says there were 21 wounds on Jiffri’s body; CM promises strict action
According to the order, the deceased R Vengatesan was falsely implicated by Paramakudi police in a jewel theft case registered in 2010.
Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said as many as 687 people died in police custody in various parts of the country from April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2023.
Tirurangadi resident Jifri, an alleged drug peddler with criminal antecedents, was taken into custody along with four others by the police based on a tip-off.
The relatives of the victim Daleep Singh, a resident of Rathian village, blocked the main Dhar road for over three hours, demanding an impartial inquiry into the circumstances leading to his death.