Chennai, Feb 20 (IANS)
The Madras High Court on Monday directed the police to file an Action Taken Report (ATR) in a week’s time regarding the Villupuram Anbu Jothi Ashram case. It may be noted that there have been several allegations of sexual assault, torture and human trafficking of mentally unstable patients from the ashram to other places of the country.
The division bench of the Madras High Court comprising Justices M.M. Sundar and M. Nirmal Kumar called for the ATR on a habeas corpus filed in the man missing case of an inmate.
A seventy-year-old person Zafirullah was admitted to the Anbu Jothi Ashram by one Halideen who was the friend of Salim Khan nephew of Zafirullah. Salim Khan, a resident of the United States of America while on a visit to his native place expressed his desire to meet his uncle but found that he was not present in the Ashram.
Halideen registered a complaint with the Kedar police and an FIR was registered for the ‘man missing’ case. The petitioner approached the court after there was no progress in the case.
The division bench of the Madras High Court directed the police to produce Jubin Baby who runs the Ashram before the court. However Additional Public Prosecutor, R. Muniyapparaj informed the court that Jubin was arrested and was under judicial custody. The prosecutor also informed the court that a video conference of the accused was not possible as he was lodged. The court then asked the police to produce the Action Taken Report (ATR).
The Tamil Nadu, DGP, C.Sylendra Babu has transferred the case to the CB- CID but the possibility of the case being transferred to the CBI is high.