The Madras High Court on Friday directed Pon Manickavel, the former chief of the Idol Wing of the Tamil Nadu police, to hand over all documents and evidence related to cases handled by him and the special investigation team (SIT), to the state government

The Madras High Court on Friday directed Pon Manickavel, the former chief of the Idol Wing of the Tamil Nadu police, to hand over all documents and evidence related to cases handled by him and the special investigation team (SIT), to the state government. The court-appointed officer, whose tenure came to an end on November 30, has been embroiled in a legal tussle with the Tamil Nadu government. 
The Bench comprising Justices Mahadevan and Audikesavulu issued the directive to Pon Manickavel on Friday. In addition to handing over case files, Pon Manickavel has also been asked to present his arguments to the court in writing.
On the day of his retirement on November 30, 2018, the Madras High Court extended his tenure by appointing him as the Special Officer of the Tamil Nadu Idol Wing. The Supreme Court also upheld the High Court’s order of extending his tenure until November 30, 2019. 
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With nine days left for his term to end, on November 22 this year, Pon Manickavel petitioned the Madras High Court to extend his tenure, stating that the government was trying to meddle with the functioning of the SIT. Two days later, on November 24, the Tamil Nadu government approached the Supreme Court and petitioned against Pon Manickavel’s plea for an extension, stating that the Idol Wing was ‘non-functional’ and that an extension would ‘demoralise’ the state police.
As his tenure came to an end on November 30, the government of Tamil Nadu also ordered Pon Manickavel to hand over all the documents in the cases under the Idol Wing. However, Pon Manickavel had refused to hand them over to the government, stating that he was appointed by the court and hence it was ‘legally impermissible’ for the government to issue an order directing him to hand over the files. He also initiated contempt proceedings in the Madras High Court against the government officials.
On Monday, the SC stayed the contempt proceedings and upheld the government order, which directed him to hand over all case files to the Additional Director General of Police of the Idol Wing.  
On Friday, Madras High Court also issued the same directive to Pon Manickavel. The court also adjourned the matter indefinitely, stating that it cannot decide on the contempt petition against the government until the issue of his appointment was resolved in the Supreme Court. 





The Madras High Court on Friday directed Pon Manickavel, the former chief of the Idol Wing of the Tamil Nadu police, to hand over all documents and evidence related to cases handled by him and the special investigation team (SIT), to the state governmentThe Madras High Court on Friday directed Pon Manickavel, the former chief of the Idol Wing of the Tamil Nadu police, to hand over all documents and evidence related to cases handled by him and the special investigation team (SIT), to the state government. The court-appointed officer, whose tenure came to an end on November 30, has been embroiled in a legal tussle with the Tamil Nadu government. 
The Bench comprising Justices Mahadevan and Audikesavulu issued the directive to Pon Manickavel on Friday. In addition to handing over case files, Pon Manickavel has also been asked to present his arguments to the court in writing.
On the day of his retirement on November 30, 2018, the Madras High Court extended his tenure by appointing him as the Special Officer of the Tamil Nadu Idol Wing. The Supreme Court also upheld the High Court’s order of extending his tenure until November 30, 2019. 
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With nine days left for his term to end, on November 22 this year, Pon Manickavel petitioned the Madras High Court to extend his tenure, stating that the government was trying to meddle with the functioning of the SIT. Two days later, on November 24, the Tamil Nadu government approached the Supreme Court and petitioned against Pon Manickavel’s plea for an extension, stating that the Idol Wing was ‘non-functional’ and that an extension would ‘demoralise’ the state police.
As his tenure came to an end on November 30, the government of Tamil Nadu also ordered Pon Manickavel to hand over all the documents in the cases under the Idol Wing. However, Pon Manickavel had refused to hand them over to the government, stating that he was appointed by the court and hence it was ‘legally impermissible’ for the government to issue an order directing him to hand over the files. He also initiated contempt proceedings in the Madras High Court against the government officials.
On Monday, the SC stayed the contempt proceedings and upheld the government order, which directed him to hand over all case files to the Additional Director General of Police of the Idol Wing.  
On Friday, Madras High Court also issued the same directive to Pon Manickavel. The court also adjourned the matter indefinitely, stating that it cannot decide on the contempt petition against the government until the issue of his appointment was resolved in the Supreme Court. 





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