TN judge in row with police

The Madras High Court is said to have taken cognisance of the episode after Justice R Sekar—recently posted as Additional District Sessions Judge-cum-Judge of the Fast Track Court in Ariyalur—in an unusual behaviour had a tiff with two night duty cops in a police station here on the night of December 24.

Police sources said on Saturday that the judge, after assuming the new post, had come home for Christmas holidays in Chennai.

He walked into the Otteri police station on that night in the city, with some “case properties” that included two revolvers and asked the cops to keep them in their (police) custody. The judge is residing in the Otteri area.

Normally, case properties should be deposited in the court concerned, but the judge, inexplicably walking into the police station in the dead of the night, took the duty cops by surprise, the sources said.

They refused to keep the two revolvers without “order from superiors,” police sources said.
After some alleged heated exchanges, the judge went back home, and the following day senior police officials rushed to his residence and sorted out the issue, sources added.

However, the development has attracted the judiciary’s attention as the judge should have entrusted the case properties in the court concerned before coming home for the Christmas vacation, sources said. The matter has gone to the notice of the high court registrar.

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