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 HC seeks CBI report on Thoothukudi firing
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HC seeks CBI report on Thoothukudi firing

S.Murari

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday directed the CBI to file by Sept 15 a status report on its investigation into police firing on protestors against Sterlite in Thoothukudi in which 13 died.

A division bench of  Justices Sathyanarayana and Pughezhendhi  passed the order when the DSP of the CBI Ravi filed a petition seeking more time to file the chargesheet.

The case was handed over to the CBI by the AIADMK Government following an outcry that the State police cannot do a fair probe when its own officers are facing charge of excesses.

The firing occurred on May 22 after protestors turned violent when police prevented their march to the district collectorate to petition him on the 100th day of their agitation for the closure of the polluting copper smelter plant of Sterlite.

Newly elected DMK member from Thoothukudi Kanimozhi raised the issue in the Lok Sabha and pointed out that ten months had passed since the high court directed the CBI to complete its investigation in four months.

She also said the investigation was not satisfactory as not a single police had been included in the FIR.

Welcoming the high court directive, affected families said the CBI was the last hope as the National Human Rights Commission had gone by the report of the State Government and the judicial commission of retired high court judge Aruna Jagadeesan  was yet to complete its enquiry .