Head constable is a key witness in custodial deaths case
In an unprecedented development, Justices P.N. Prakash and Pugazhenthi on Thursday spoke over phone to head constable S. Revathy, who had testified before the Kovilpatti judicial magistrate, about the custodial torture of trader P. Jayaraj and his son J. Benicks at the Sattankulam police station, and assured her of safety.
“This is unprecedented in the annals of the judiciary. When the judges spoke to her over phone, they showed much concern and assured her that everyone in her family would get utmost protection. What else would a witness need? It is a great gesture that will encourage everyone to come forward to tell the truth to the world about anything happening against the rights of every human being,” said advocate Henry Tiphagne, executive director of People’s Watch, a human rights group.