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Madurai: The Madras high court on Wednesday directed a trial court to complete the trial within six months in a case where a man died as he fell down from his bike after a police head constable allegedly planted a lathi in front of the bike in 2019.

The court was hearing the petition filed by V Gajapriya, a resident of Madurai district, wife of the deceased T Vivekanandakumar. The petitioner stated that on June 15, 2019, at around 11.30pm, when her husband was returning home along with his employee Saravana Kumar, police officials attempted to stop his bike at the southern end of the MGR bridge in Madurai.

Before Kumar stopped his bike, head constable Ramesh Babu planted his lathi in front of the bike. Vivekanandakumar, who fell down from the two-wheeler sustained severe injuries and succumbed the next day.

Gajapriya stated that she lost her husband because of police negligence. Hence, the petitioner moved the HC Madurai bench seeking a CB-CID probe in this case.

When the case was taken up for hearing on Wednesday, the state submitted that the Madurai city deputy commissioner of police traffic registered a case against the suspended head constable and had filed the final report after completing the investigations. Taking cognizance of the submissions, justice N Anand Venkatesh gave the direction to the trial court.

Gajapriya had also filed another petition seeking a compensation of 50 lakh. The state submitted that the final report and documents would be sent to the home department for consideration.

Justice Anand Venkatesh observed that on receipt of the same, the home department shall take a decision on providing compensation to within four weeks.

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