CHENNAI: The state government on Saturday issued an order withdrawing 308 cases registered against 26,650 persons involved in the 2017 jallikattu protests, following the Tamil Nadu CM’s Edappadi K Palaniswami announcement on the floor of assembly recently.
Director general of police, JK Tripathy has sent the list of 308 cases to the government on February 8. The public prosecutor of the Madras high court has also laid down the procedures to the government on withdrawing the prosecution on February 13.
“The state government after careful examination, hereby orders for the withdrawal of cases registered during 2017 jallikattu protest by following the procedures as opined by the public prosecutor,” a government order said.
As per the public prosecutor’s opinion, further action will be dropped by the police concerned in cases where the investigation is still pending.
The assistant public prosecutors of the respective cases will be directed to move an application under Section 321 of the CrPC for withdrawal of prosecution in the cases, where the trial is still pending.
Further permission from the Centre will be obtained and produced before the trial court in the cases, where trial is pending, and Indian Railways Act is involved.
No permission from the Centre is required in the cases, where Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Criminal Law Amendment Act involved.