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Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government on Friday informed the Madras High Court that disciplinary action has been initiated against 21 officers, including the then collector N Venkatesh and the then IG, Shailesh Kumar Yadav. Advocate General A Shanmughasundaram submitted before a Division Bench during the hearing of the petition by human rights activist Henry Tiphagne, challenging the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) closing its investigation into the police firing. The NHRC had closed the probe following a report by its investigation unit and a report by the Tamil Nadu government. In the lest hearing, the court had directed the state government to explain the action taken as per the recommendation of the Aruna Jagadeesan panel report. Posting the matter to December 11, the bench ordered the government to furnish the details of the charges against the 21 persons being prosecuted and their role in the police tiring.

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