Chennai: The State Human Rights Commission directed the State Government to pay compensation of Rs 50,000 to a person for arresting him and his parents even after Madras High court had closed a matrimonial dispute against them eight years ago.
In the complaint, M.Subramani, (now deceased) submitted that his son S.Murali married his sister’s daughter Bhavani in September 2007.
After two years of living with him in a separate house, Bhavani left the house. She then lodged a complaint against Suresh and parents before the All Women Police Station, Arakonam for offences allegedly committed against the Dowry Prohibition Act. Subramani obtained anticipatory bail from the Madras High Court and during counselling the parties agreed to a compromise and the case was closed.
However, SI Janarthani from the police station arrested Subramani in May 2011, dragged him while using abusive language and forcibly took him and his wife to the police station parading them on the road. Subramani said they had not committed any offence, but they were treated like hardcore criminals and dragged to the police station and remanded to custody.
In her reply, Janarthani denied the complaint and stated that Subramani making false allegations. After registering a case against them a chargesheet was filed before the Judicial Magistrate, Arakonam and the accused were found guilty of the offences and punishment was given.
SHRC Judge D Jayachandran said Janarthani had registered a FIR in May 2011 and immediately arrested Murali and his parents without applying her mind as to how she could entertain a similar complaint when the High Court closed the petition on the submission made by the Government advocate that the enquiry has been conducted and the matter was closed with a compromise.
The judge directed the government to pay a compensation of Rs 50,000 to Suresh for illegally arresting him and his parents by Janarthani, who is now a retired employee of the Government.