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The legend of the king Manu Needhi Cholan, known for having ordered the execution of his son to render justice to a grieving cow, was recalled recently by the Madras High Court when it intervened to aid the family of a 22-year old man who had died of electrocution from a fallen live wire (G Sendhattikalaipandian v. Inspector of Police and anr).
"We are a proud republican State. There is no place for kings to hand out summary sentences. But then, wrongs continue to be perpetrated and tragedies continue to occur. There are lakhs of people crying for justice. It becomes our duty to speedily respond," Justice GR Swaminathan remarked.