PIL on Law college violence; HC orders notice to govt

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Chennai, Nov 13 (UNI) The Madras High Court today issued notice on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition, seeking a direction to the Tamil Nadu government to take suitable action against police personnel who were present when violence took place in the Dr Ambedkar Law College here on November 12, in which four students sustained serious injuries.

A practicing lawyer of the High Court K Balu, who filed the emergent PIL, also sought the court to grant an interim injunction order restraining the press and electronic media from publishing, broadcasting and the incidence of violence which took place in the college premises.

When the matter came up for hearing before first bench comprising Chief Justice A K Ganguly and Justice F M Ibrahim Kalifulla, the Government Pleader (GP) Raja Kalifulla, submitted that the government has taken stringent action in the matter and against the police officials.

One Assistant Commissioner of Police, and an Inspector were suspended, while four other police officials, who were on duty were transferred, the GP said.

''The government has also ordered a judicial probe,'' the GP said.

While ordering notice to the government, the court cannot impose restriction on press and media. ''The press has to exercise self restrain,'' the bench observed and posted the matter to November 18, for further hearing.


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