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Appoint IGP rank cop for probe against Selaiyur police: HC

Appoint IGP rank cop for probe against Selaiyur police: HC
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The Madras High Court has directed the DGP to appoint an officer in the rank of IGP to conduct an inquiry against Selaiyur police for registering a false case to protect the correspondent of a private school from criminal proceedings against him

Chennai: The Madras High Court has directed the DGP to appoint an officer in the rank of IGP to conduct an inquiry against Selaiyur police for registering a false case to protect the 'correspondent' of a private school from criminal proceedings against him.

The matter relates to the death of a seven-year-old girl on July 25, 2012, who slipped through a hole on the floor of the school bus while returning home and the rear wheels ran over her.

Justice P N Prakash directed the sessions court at Chengalpattu to expedite the trial relating to the student's death. A case was registered against the bus driver and against the Management of Zion School, including Vijayan.

The trial was set to commence at the I Additional District and Sessions Judge, Chengalpattu when Vijayan approached the court for quashing the proceedings against him.

Vijayan earlier filed a complaint before the Selaiyur Police Station against another accused Yogesh Sylvera for allegedly manipulating the documents relating to the bus.

The police inspector filed a charge sheet before the judicial magistrate at Tambaram against Sylvera alleging that he was running the bus after manipulating the documents.

Following this, Vijayan sought quashing of proceedings before the sessions court. The judge said Vijayan, in collusion with S-15 Selayur Police Station, has created false evidence to subvert the process of justice.

"Hence, this Court quashes the entire prosecution at the Selayur police station and proceedings in Judicial Magistrate Court, Tambaram."

The court directed the DGP to appoint an officer of the rank of Inspector General of Police to conduct an inquiry into the entire circumstances under which the investigation was conducted by S-15 Selayur Police and take appropriate action in accordance with law.

The judge directed the sessions court at Chengalpatu to expedite the trial relating to the student's death.

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