Sterlite firing: Rajini tells probe ..

Tuticorin: Actor Rajinikanth, who was summoned by the one-member commission probing the anti-Sterlite protest, had reportedly written to the panel last year saying that he does not have any proof to substantiate his claim that the protest turned violent due to the intrusion of anti-social elements.
Counsel for the retired high court Justice Aruna Jagadeesan commission Arul Vadivel said this while addressing reporters in Tuticorin on Thursday. “Rajinikanth had stated in his written response that he does not have any supportive proof such as news that was published or aired to his claim made during the press meet in May 2018. This was among his responses in writing to a set of 15 questions the commission had sent him last year following his request to excuse him from appearance in person,” the counsel said.
The replies were submitted to the commission many months ago. “We still need some clarifications for his response, for which he will be summoned,” he added.
Meanwhile, the one-member commission probing the riots is likely to complete its probe over the next few months. The panel is conducting its 27th monthly sitting from April 19 to 25. “The probe will be completed soon and the documents submitted to the government,” Vadivel said. A total of 72 people were summoned of which 48 were examined till Thursday.
They are primarily staff from various government departments within the Tuticorin district collectorate, witnesses marked by the CBI in their chargesheets.
“Inspector Thirumalai who was then with the Pudukottai police station (Tuticorin district) has been chargesheeted for illegal detention of protesters at Vallanadu following the untoward incidents on May 22,” he added.
So far, the commission has summoned 1,052 people and examined 719 of them. The 28th sitting will be held from May 17 to 21. “Police personnel on bandobust duty, injured personnel, Sterlite employees who were under attack on that day, police officers and revenue officials and district collector will be summoned in subsequent sittings,” Vadivel said.
He added that Rajinikanth will be summoned during any of those sittings.

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