Madurai Bench pulls up officers for wrong probe
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Madurai, August 22: Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has directed the investigation officers to explain as to how they wrongly implicated three persons in the "rape and murder" of a girl who herself appeared before the court and negated the charges.
Justice Rajasuriya gave the direction while hearing the Criminal Original Petition filed by the second and third accused K Palani and S Krishnamurthy seeking to quash the FIR registered against them and demanding compensation for their 'sufferings' since the girl went missing.
As per the CB-CID sleuths, nine-year-old Sujatha was kidnapped on April 26, 1997 by three persons-- her uncle Karmegam, auto driver S Krishnamurthy and his accomplice K Palani--who had raped and murdered her.
On October 11, 2006, Sujatha appeared before the Madurai Sessions Court and stated that she had not been kidnapped or raped. She added that she never knew Krishnamurthy and Palani.
According to her, she had gone with Karmegam seeking a job as domestic help. While they were staying at Tiruchirappalli, she came to know that her father Sevugan, a farmer, had a dispute with Karmegham.
She left him on their way to Pudukottai where she got refuge at an old lady's house. She stayed some years with the old lady who also married her off.
She said it was the fear about the reaction of her father that made her not return. But on coming to know about the case she appeared before the court.
As the government pleader expressed doubt about her identity, the court ordered for a DNA test to ascertain whether she was the daughter of Sevugan. (Agencies)