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Thanjavur girl suicide case: SC asks TN govt not to make it 'prestige issue', refuses to stay CBI probe

The Supreme Court said that the CBI can continue to probe the suicide case of a minor girl in Thanjavur as it refused to stay the Madras High Court's order.

India TV News Desk Written by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: February 14, 2022 13:25 IST
Supreme Court refuses to stay Madras HC's CBI probe order
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Supreme Court refuses to stay Madras HC's CBI probe order in Thanjavur suicide case 

Highlights

  • The Madras HC had on January 31 transferred the probe from state police to the CBI
  • SC today said that CBI should also probe the allegations of forced conversion by the girl's family
  • The girl was allegedly coerced to convert to Christianity. She died after consuming poison

The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the death by suicide of a minor girl in Tamil Nadu's Thanjavur. The girl was allegedly coerced to convert to Christianity. She died after consuming poison last month. 

A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Bela M Trivedi issued notice on the appeal filed by the Tamil Nadu DGP challenging the Madras High Court's order directing the CBI to probe the suicide case. 

The court told the state government to not make the case a prestige issue by opposing the HC order for a CBI probe and made it clear that the CBI should also probe the allegations of forced conversion. It also asked the police to provide all the evidence collected until now to the CBI.

The top court said that there are two aspects of the matter, one is there are certain observations recorded in the impugned judgment and the second is regarding the final order directing probe by CBI. The apex court said it might not be appropriate for it to interject in the investigation of the CBI but it will issue notice on the first aspect.

"Issue notice returnable in three weeks... In the meanwhile, the investigation in terms of the impugned order to continue," the bench said.

Earlier on January 31, the High Court had transferred the probe from police to the central agency.

The girl had died by suicide after consuming poison last month. In a video, the girl alleged that the hostel warden had forced her to clean the hostel and do maintenance work. The hostel warden has been arrested on charges of abetting suicide and under the Juvenile Act. The victim's parents have demanded an investigation into conversion allegations.

With PTI Inputs 

READ MORE: Madras High Court orders CBI probe into Thanjavur girl's suicide case

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