Hyderabad: Coming down heavily on Tamil Nadu administration, Press Council of India Chairman Justice Markandey Katju on Friday asked Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to suspend 30 policemen, involved in illegal arrest of an editor of a daily, or resign forthwith.
Disposing of a petition filed by S Manimaran, editor of Tamil daily 'Thinaboomi', against the Tamil Nadu government over a police raid on his residence in Madurai and his "kidnap" in 2010-11, Justice Katju directed the Jayalalithaa government to immediately suspend, chargesheet and arrest the policemen.
When the counsel for TN government pointed out that the alleged incident took place when DMK was in power, the PCI chief admonished him saying: "We are not bothered who is at the helm. She has to administer (the government) as per the law of the land or should resign. Do police think it's still a British raj? It is time they learn a lesson.”
The case pertains to police action against Manimaran following a report published in his daily on illegal mining activity. Katju was on Friday hearing to cases from Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala here.


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