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PIL seeks Rs 33 lakh compensation from Commissioner of Police

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

:Madras High ordered notice to the Commissioner of Police on a PIL by Popular Front of India, charging police with having given misleading information to HC on its annual 'unity march' and sought a direction to register a case against him and SP,Dindigul and Rs 33 lakh compensation from the CoP for 'loss of image, reputation and defamation.'

The compensation sought for from S George was for 'loss of image, reputation and defamation..Which amounted to scandalous overtures', it said.

Popular Front of contended it was a social welfare organization and conducts a 'unity march' every year to mark its inaugural day. It received permission from Ramanathapuram district police to conduct its event on February 16, 2014.

It alleged that during the march police triggered violence on innocent precisionists and sustained self inflicted injuries. Subsequently, false cases were registered against 1018 persons.

The Madras High bench, however, quashed the FIR in November 2014 and also ordered an inquiry, headed by a senior police officer. Even after a one year lapse, the inquiry was not initiated, the petitioner said.

PFI said its request to hold the procession in 2015 was rejected by Deputy Superintendent Police Dindigul and city police commissioner, following which they moved Madras High and filed two writ petitions.

It alleged that during proceedings, the commissioner had given false information to the court on a pending FIR against PFI members in Ramanathapuram district and misled the court by saying PFI cadres planned to carry weapons in the march.

Also, the commissioner had said that in 2014, five people were murdered during the procession in Ramanathapuram district. But no FIR had been registered for the alleged murders, said PFI.

Because of the 'wrong information' the Court had passed a common order and dismissed both petitions, PFI said.

When the matter came up for hearing before Justice T S Sivagnanam, Additional Government Pleader said CoP and DSP, Dindigul had filed review petitions.

The court then ordered notice to the commissioner and the DSP and posted the matter for hearing to April 17.

First Published: Tue, March 31 2015. 23:42 IST