87-year-old argues case himself in Madurai: 14 Feb 2014

MADURAI: An 87-year-old had to argue his case alone due to advocates’ boycott of high court on Thursday. After hearing his plea, the court directed the police authorities to file report in a case filed by him earlier.

Petitioner R Muthurakkuthevar had to take up his cause alone as advocates kept off from the high court demanding Tamil be made the official language for high court proceedings.

On Thursday, Muthurakkuthevar arrived at the court on wheel chair. He had approached the court seeking direction to the Ramanathapuram DSP and crime branch inspector to file a report in a land alienation case.

In his case Muthurakkuthevar had charged two real estate brokers, namely M Nagaraj and Pachamal, for usurping his piece of land in Ramanathapuram while he was staying at his daughter’s house in Madurai for medical treatment. After he lodged a complaint before the Ramanathapuram crime branch, it registered an FIR against 11 people on April 10, 2013. As there was no further action in the case even after 10 months, Muthurakkuthevar approached the local police station to know about the case status. “There was no proper response from the police. The accused were roaming free and could attack me any time,” he said while explaining his decision to knock on the doors of the high court.

Muthurakkuthevar’s case was heard by Justice S Vaidyanathan who directed the police to file report on the complaint within two months.

…. TNN Feb 14, 2014, 04.27AM IST



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