On 29th June, after receiving a report from the Magistrate, who was appointed to conduct a probe into the death of Jeyaraj & Fenix, the Madras High Court ordered the Thoothukudi collector to depute revenue officials to take control.
In his report, the magistrate mentioned that the police station, where the death of father-son, took place, was not co-operating with the investigation. The case was heard by Justice PN Prakash and B Pugalendhi. While passing the order, the bench said, “A reading of [the report] clearly shows that the district police administrations are doing everything within their command to prevent the learned magistrate from proceeding with the enquiry.”
After hearing the complaint made by the magistrate, the court initiated a case against the police officials for obstructing investigation and for intimidating and abusing the magistrate. A criminal contempt action has been initiated against Additional Deputy Superintendent of Police D Kumar, Deputy Superintendent of Police C Prathapan and Constable Maharajan.
On Monday evening, the government of Tamil Nadu transferred the case of custodial death to Central bureau of investigation (CBI). “The government, after careful consideration, have decided to accept the request of the Director-General of Police, Tamil Nadu, and to transfer the case registered in Kovilpatti East Police Station Crime Nos. 649/2020 and 650/2020 under Section 176 (1-A) (i) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, for investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation, by issuing a notification under Section 6 of the Delhi Special police Establishment Act, 1946.”