HC dismisses anticipatory bail plea of head constables
Describing as ‘predators’ two head constables of the Mambalam police who committed “the most despicable act” against five boys in their custody, the Madras High Court has dismissed their anticipatory bail application.
The act exposed violation of human rights by policemen, and there was a need for more sensitisation of the police on human rights, Justice P. Devadass observed.
The court complimented the media for bringing the atrocity to light. Referring to the counsel’s statement that the press had blown the matter out of proportion, Justice Devadass said that for carrying out such a yeoman service, it should not be blamed or criticised.
The media had earlier reported that under the guise of questioning, the boys had repeatedly been forced into sexual acts. The Judge appreciated the Director General of Police for taking immediate action following the news reports, and the Public Prosecutor who had expressed the State’s determination to deal with the guilty police personnel with an iron hand.
The allegation against the petitioners, crime head constables A. Sethuraman and S. Srinivasan, was that they had subjected the boys, who were allegedly involved in a case of theft, to the most disgraceful treatment while in custody.
Merely because a person is arrested in connection with a criminal case, he does not cease to be a human being nor can he be denied his basic freedom, human dignity and human rights, the judge observed. In their statement to the police and magistrate, the boys had given a “vivid description of these predators.”
There was strong incriminating material against the petitioners and it required custodial interrogation, the Judge said. The policemen had committed serious offences against young boys, and if let loose, would intimidate the boys and their families, he observed.