• Rajasthan

    Cong 95
    BJP 81
    RLM 0
    OTH 23
  • Madhya Pradesh

    Cong 107
    BJP 110
    BSP 7
    OTH 6
  • Chhattisgarh

    Cong 64
    BJP 18
    JCC 8
    OTH 0
  • Telangana

    TRS-AIMIM 89
    TDP-Cong 22
    BJP 2
    OTH 6
  • Mizoram

    MNF 29
    Cong 6
    BJP 1
    OTH 4

* Total Tally Reflects Leads + Wins

SC refuses to stay CBI probe against cops for firing at anti-Sterlite protesters

By: | Updated: December 7, 2018 5:17 PM

The Supreme Court Friday refused to stay the Madras High Court order for a CBI probe against police officials for firing at anti-Sterlite protesters in Tamil Nadu in May this year.

Supreme Court, anti sterlite, sterlite plant, sterlite copper plant, tuticorn plantThe police firing had taken place in Tuticorin district during the anti-Sterlite protests that claimed 13 lives on May 22, 2018.

The Supreme Court Friday refused to stay the Madras High Court order for a CBI probe against police officials for firing at anti-Sterlite protesters in Tamil Nadu in May this year. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued notice to the CBI on the petition filed by the Tamil Nadu government challenging the High Court order. “We have to see the other side,” said the bench, also comprising Justice S K Kaul, when senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi sought the stay.

The police firing had taken place in Tuticorin district during the anti-Sterlite protests claiming 13 lives on May 22 and 23. The high court ordered that FIRs be registered against top police officials and officials of the civil administration. The High Court on August 14 had transferred to the CBI the probe into the police firing and directed the agency to conclude the investigation in four months.

It had also quashed an order detaining six members of the ‘Makkal Adhikaram,’ a Left outfit accused of inciting violence in the district. On May 22, after the Tuticorin district collectorate was picketed to seek the closure of copper plant of Sterlite, a unit of the Vedanata group over pollution concerns, large-scale violence had followed.

The consequent police firing 13 people were killed on May 22 and 23. The High Court had on July 9 directed the state government to furnish a video in its possession, allegedly showing some anti-Sterlite protesters with petrol bombs during the stir, as it observed that a CBI probe into the violent incidents will instill confidence in the minds of the people.

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