HC vents ire at TN Govt for not filing counter

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Chennai, Nov 18 (UNI) Madras High Court today came down heavily on the Tamil Nadu government for filing a counter affidavit on behalf of a suspended Assistant Commissioner of police in the Law college clash case.

A batch of advocates filed a writ petition to take necessary action against police officials and police personnel who were silent spectators when two groups of students clashed in the premises of the Dr Ambedkar Law college here on November 12.

Yesterday, the first Bench of Madras High Court, Chief Justice A K Ganguly and Mr Justice F M Ibrahim Kalifulla, had directed the City Police Commissioner and Home Secretary to file their counters today.

When the matter came up for hearing this afternoon, the senior counsel Mr Sriram Panju, who appeared for the petitioners, brought to the notice of the Bench that only the suspended Assistant Commissioner of police Narayanamurthy had filed a counter. The city Police Commissioner had not filed the counter. The government Pleader Raja Kaleefulla submitted that the suspended officer wanted to narrate the incident. So he filed the counter.

But the the Chief Justice questioned how can an official suspended by the government for negligence of duty, could file the counter.

He asked the Government Pleader to file the counter of Police Commssioner, Home Secretary and the new Principal of the Law College now, Vice Chancellor of Dr Ambedkar Law University and Comptroller of Examinations, before Novermber 20.

He posted the matter for further hearing on that day.

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