Tamil Nadu government cites Centre order; CBI to probe IIT-Madras suicide
TNN | Updated: Dec 15, 2019, 12:26 ISTAA11
CHENNAI: Citing a directive from the Centre, the state government on Saturday transferred the probe into the death of IIT-Madras student Fathima Latheef to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The Madras high court had on Friday suggested that the probe ‘may be’ transferred to the central agency.
The order comes 10 days after the deceased woman’s father Abdul Latheef met PM Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi. The 19-year-old, a humanities student of IIT-M, was found hanging in her hostel room on November 9. The TN order transferring the case to CBI on Saturday said, “The government has decided to accept the proposal of the DGP and commissioner of police to transfer the case.”
Top officers recommended case transfer
The order recalled a December 11 communique from an under secretary of Union ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions requesting the state government to furnish the proposal regarding transfer of the case following necessary guidelines. It also forwarded a letter from the Union ministry of home affairs, informing that the case be investigated by the CBI to ascertain the exact cause of death.
Greater Chennai police commissioner A K Viswananthan on Saturday gave the proposal to transfer the case “as there are demands from various quarters for entrusting the investigation with the CBI.” Director-general of state police J K Tripathy concurred with it and recommended the transfer.
The notification read: “Under Section 6of theDelhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, the governor of Tamil Nadu hereby accords his consent to the extension of the powers and jurisdiction of members of the Delhi Special Police Establishm