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Markandey Katju dares Jayalalithaa to abide by constitution or step down

Hyderabad, Apr 6 (): Noting down the inability of Jayalalithaa government to comply with the earlier order that was passed twice during the previous year, PCI Chairman Markandey Katju directed the state administration to immediately suspend, and arrest the thirty policemen involved in the illegal arrest of Thinaboomi editor S. Manimaran or resign her post as chief minister of the state.

Regretting on the Tamil Nadu authorities for lack of respect shown to the order passed last year, the PCI chief said it is the responsibility of a chief minister to resign, if he or she is incapable of ruling in accordance with the constitution.

The PCI was responding based on a complaint of a Tamil daily Thinaboomi editor S. Manimaran who alleged that policemen forced their entry into his house on July 21, 2010 and took him and his son away without a warrant and put them behind the bars and treated them like criminals for writing against illegal granite mining in Madurai district.

When the counsel who appeared for the state government claimed that the incident took place when the DMK was in power, the PCI chairman said that his order has nothing to do with any party.

He came down heavily on the Tamil Nadu administration, and asked the chief minister of the state to follow the law appropriately or step down after hearing a 2011 case involving the ‘Thinabhoomi’ editor. He also gave a direction to the chief minister to arrest all the policemen immediately who were found to be involved in the confrontation.

Being the chief minister of the state, Jayalalithaa has to administer the government according to the law of the land or should tender her resignation, said the PCI chairman and a former chief justice of India. Katju viewed saying that, if the police think it is still British raj going on? It is time to learn a lesson, added Markandey Katju.

Police took action against Mr. Manimaran after his report on illegal mining activity was published in the Tamil daily.  Former Justice Katju was hearing the cases of four southern states on Friday in Hyderabad.