HC direction to External Affairs Ministry on Tamil youth

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Chennai, Dec 4 (UNI) The Madras High Court today directed the External Affairs Ministry to find out the whereabouts of a missing Tamil youth, who was reportedly murdered and his body kept in a hospital mortuary in Malaysia, ten months ago.

Initiating suo motu proceedings based on media reports, the bench comprising Chief Justice A P Shah and V Ramasubramanian directed the Tamil Nadu government to produce the letter of correspondence between the state and the Malaysian government in this regard.

The government must hand over the correspondence to the Assistant Solicitor General, who in turn should take it up with the External Affairs Ministry and file a status report before the court on December 7.

According to reports, the youth, Suseendran (22) hailing from Paramakudi, had left for Malaysia for job and was reported missing for the past ten months.

In a writ petition filed in the Madurai bench of Madras High Court, his father Sethuraja suspected that his son had been murdered, allegedly by a gang and sought the court's intervention to bring his son's body, which was kept in a mortuary in Malaysia, to India.

When the case was taken up in the Madurai Bench of the court in August, Justice Ramasubramanian, who was the judge at that time there, directed the state government to take steps to bring back the body in three weeks with the assistance of the Indian High Commission in Malaysia.

He said the state government was duty bound to make arrangements to bring the body as the indigent father did not possess the wherewithal for the same. The Judge also directed the Paramakudi police to register a case against four Indian citizens in Malaysia who had allegedly committed the murder.


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