HC seeks report on boy’s torture, death

HC seeks report on boy’s torture, death

Madurai: The Madras high court on Thursday directed CB-CID to submit a copy of the final report in a case where a 17-year-old boy died due to custodial torture in 2019.
Additional advocate general K Chellapandian submitted that the CB-CID officials who had completed investigation had filed the final report before the jurisdictional court.

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Taking cognizance of the submissions, justice J Nisha Banu directed the CB-CID to produce a copy of the final report before the court.
The court was hearing a petition filed by M Jeya of Kochadai who sought to probe her son’s custodial death at S S Colony police station in Madurai.
The petitioner stated that her son, a class 10 dropout, was taken into police custody on January 13, 2019 in connection with a jewel theft case and kept in illegal custody. Four days later, she received a phone call from her son asking her to come to the police station. She stated that he complained of severe pain as he was physically tortured by the police personnel into accepting to have stolen the jewels.
After Jeya complained to the magistrate on January 18, 2019, regarding the custodial torture, an official from the juvenile justice board visited them two days later, and took statements. However, the boy who was undergoing treatment at the Government Rajaji Hospital died on January 24, 2019.

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Based on an earlier direction, the investigation was transferred to CB-CID. tnn

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