KOCHI: The High Court has registered a suo motu case over the killing of Madhu, a tribal youth, by a mob at Attappady in Palakkad district. It also appointed Mr P. Deepak, lawyer, as the amicus curiae in the case and directed the state government to submit a report within 15 days about the incident.
The chief justice has ordered to consider a letter on the issue written by Justice Surendramohan, holding charge of the Kerala State Legal Services Authority (KELSA), as public interest litigation and file a case accordingly. The matter came up for consideration of the court on Wednesday. The letter pointed out that if a tribal youth was forced to steal food articles, it showed that the various welfare schemes had failed to meet their objectives. The petition also pointed out that the incident revealed the ethical and moral weakness of society.
The petition also called for revamping the welfare schemes according to the requirements of the members of the tribal community. The counsel for the government submitted that the issue was not confined to food alone and that a crime had taken place.