This Article is From Apr 26, 2012

High Court stays police order on tenant's information

High Court stays police order on tenant's information
Chennai: The Madras High Court on Wednesday stayed an order of the City Police Commissioner relating to the collection of information of tenants by house owners renting out their premises.

Granting the interim injunction on petitions challenging the Police Commissioner's last month order, Chief Justice MY Eqbal and Justice TS Sivagnanam posted them for further hearing after summer vacation.

In the March 3 order, the City Police Chief had said the Tamil Nadu Director General of Police (DGP) had received reports that it was likely that terrorists and anti-social elements may seek hideouts in the guise of tenants in the city. Hence, it was necessary to obtain particulars regarding the names and addresses of tenants.

One of the petitioners, Advocate Jim Raj Milton had claimed the commissioner's action under Section 144 CrPC came in the wake of the alleged encounter at Velachery on February 22 in which five persons, suspected to be bank robbers, were killed.

The court had earlier restrained the police from taking criminal action till May 1 against those who did not provide the required particulars.