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Sathankulam Custodial Deaths: Madras HC gives formal nod for CBI Probe, says it is a policy decision of the State [Read Order]
The Court was also informed that police at Sathankulam were not cooperating with the Magisterial inquiry into the custodial deaths, prompting the Court to direct the deputation of certain officials to aid with this probe
The Madras High Court on Monday gave a formal nod for the State Government to transfer the probe into the custodial deaths of Jeyaraj and his son Bennix to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The Bench of Justices PN Prakash and B Pugalendhi, however, added that the question of whether the investigation should be handled by the CBI is the prerogative of the State government.
"... while we appreciate the deference shown to this Court by the State Government, we make it clear that, to transfer or not to transfer the case to the C.B.I., is the policy decision of the State Government and such a transfer is governed by the provisions of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946", the Court observed.