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Judges direct that interim report of NHRC & judicial commission be submitted

“It is somewhat alarming that the State through its police fired at unarmed protesters and no one is booked some three years after the incident,” the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court observed on Friday on the Thoothukudi police firing incident, in which 13 anti-Sterlite protesters were killed in May 2018.


The court made the remarks while hearing a petition filed by advocate Henri Tiphagne, who sought a direction to the National Human Rights Commission to reopen the case and furnish the investigation report submitted by the investigation team of the NHRC.


The court issued notice to the NHRC and the State. The judges said the State’s stand must be clearly spelt out in the counter-affidavit. The NHRC could submit its report in a sealed cover if it feels that it is delicate, the judges said. Given that the matter was of importance, the Chief Justice said it would be taken up at the principal seat in Chennai.

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