HC hauls up cops on Chennai clash
The Madras High Court has directed the Chennai police to name on whose authority policemen entered the court and baton charged lawyers on February 19, leaving many injured and property destroyed.
The court also asked the Tamil Nadu government why it should not pay compensation for repairing the damage caused.
A bench comprising Acting Chief Justice SJ Mukhopadhaya and justices V Dhanapalan and K Chandru held a special sitting on Saturday night. They directed the Chennai Police Commissioner and the Joint Commissioner of Police (North) to give specific names and designations of police personnel at whose instance the action in the court campus was taken.
In order to arrest certain accused in connection with the attack by a group of lawyers on Janata Party president Subramaniam Swamy on Tuesday, City policemen and Swift Action Force personnel entered the High Court on Thursday, clashed with advocates and baton charged them.
Thursday’s police action led to violent protests between lawyers and police personnel which spread to other areas in Tamil Nadu. In the wake of protests, all courts in the state were ordered closed till February 24.
Joint commissioner (Chennai North) M. Ramasubramani, under whose jurisdiction the High Court comes, was transferred. Shoot at sight orders were issued against those trying to damage public property and create any disturbance.
Karunanidhi urges PM to send aid to Lanka
DMK president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take steps to rush medical aid to injured and sick Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka’s war zone.
Of about 36,000 Tamil civilians who have moved to makeshift camps in northern Sri Lanka since January 15, about 10,000 people have been badly wounded in the crossfire between Lankan forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
Others are suffering from various “sicknesses and diseases” and the situation there was “critical and alarming”, calling for immediate medical intervention, said Karunanidhi in a letter written to the PM from his hospital bed.
The Chief Minister, who is recuperating from a spinal surgery in hospital, faxed the letter to the PMO with copies to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee.