Madras court orders action on officer for releasing two Sri Lankans

The Madras high court directed the Tamil Nadu Government today to initiate departmental proceedings against an investigating officer within three months in a case where two Sri Lankan nationals who entered the country illegally were inadvertently released though the court had directed to deport them, the Times of India reported.

A division bench of Justices S Vaidyanathan and N Anand Venkatesh passed the order today (Tuesday) while hearing the habeas corpus petitions of two Sri Lankan nationals, Sanga Sirantha and Mohammed Saffras who sought to deport them back to Sri Lanka.

The Centre and the state government submitted that both the Sri Lankan nationals had left the country and surrendered before the chief magistrate court in Colombo on September 10.

Additional advocate general K Chellapandian stated that the investigation was under way in a case registered by the Pamban police against some people who helped the two Sri Lankan nationals flee from India.

He further submitted that disciplinary proceedings had been initiated and a show-cause notice had been issued to the investigation officer of the Kenikarai police station.

Taking note of the submission, the judges directed the state government to complete the disciplinary proceedings and to complete the investigation of the case registered by Pamban police within three months. The case was adjourned to February 28 for reporting compliance.

Sanga Sirantha and Mohammed Saffras, who had bad antecedents as they were involved in murder, rape and gang war in Sri Lanka, came to India to escape punishment.

On February 28, the Kenikarai police in Ramanathapuram district arrested and got them remanded in judicial custody as they had entered the country without valid documents.

During the course of hearing, the court sought a status report from the Ramanathapuram judicial magistrate II regarding the case and subsequently directed to deport the duo to Sri Lanka.

Since the Kenikarai police filed a withdrawal petition, the Ramanathapuram JM II discharged the duo from the case on August 13.

When the order was communicated, the SP of the Puzhal Central Prison misconstrued the said order as if the two Sri Lankan nationals had been released on bail and accordingly released them from prison on August 18.