February 27, 2009 2:10:15 am
Hearing a bunch of petitions related to last weeks violence in the Madras High Court,the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the transfer of five senior police officers.
These officers were believed to be in charge of affairs when the police-lawyer clashes took place on February 19.
Besides,the Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan ordered setting up of an inquiry panel headed by retired apex court judge Justice B N Srikrishna to look into the unprecedented violence that rocked the High Court and the judiciary.
The court also took strong exception to the conduct of a few lawyers,who raised slogans inside the court complex.
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Asking them to call off their strike at the earliest in the interest of the litigants,the Bench said,A large number of litigants are the worst sufferers of the strike. This is very sad. The court strongly cautioned the advocates: There should not be any disturbance during court proceedings and there should not be any slogan shouting.
The Bench asked the Srikrishna Committee to consider immediate actions against the police officers who allowed the entry of police into the High Court,resulting in the alleged police excesses. The panel will submit its interim report within two weeks.
Transferring the policemen,the court said it was being done to facilitate a fair inquiry.
The counsel for the state government informed the Court that Joint Commissioner of Police Ramasubramanian was already transferred and another police officer of his rank Sandeep Rai Rathore and three DCPs Sarangan,Prem Anand Sinha and Paneer Selvam will be immediately shifted.
The court then fixed the hearing of the matter for March 3 to consider the action to be taken against two Joint Commissioners of Police and three Deputy Commissioners of Police,who were in charge when the clash took place. It will also consider what action should be taken against the Commissioner of Police,Chennai.
The court refused to take up the AIADMKs petition seeking Presidents Rule in the state.
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