Waylaying of Chief Justice: Security lapse of police comes out, central agencies to seek report

Tijo Thomas, who followed and verbally abused Chief Justice

Kochi: Serious security lapse of police has been identified in the incident in which the Chief Justice of Kerala High Court was verbally abused by a youth, who waylaid his vehicle in Kochi on Sunday night. Though the information was passed to the police, not even a single police vehicle had reportedly arrived for the security of the Chief Justice or to catch the accused. The state’s home department and the central agencies will demand reports on the allegations of security lapses.

The incident happened when Chief Justice S Manikumar was heading from Cochin airport to his official residence in his car, accompanied by a pilot vehicle. Idukki native

Tijo (34), who reached on his scooter took a position in between the Chief Justice’s car and the pilot vehicle and followed the justice for over 4 kilometres.

Even after passing the information to the police control room, the accused kept on following the Chief Justice. No police vehicle reportedly reached even when the Chief Minister’s convoy arrived at High Court junction.

Apart from blocking the convoy in a drunken state, he also entered into a brawl with the gunman of the Chief Justice, police said.

"We have registered a case under various provisions including Section 308 of the IPC. The incident happened at around 10.50 PM on Sunday night on one of the Goshree bridges," police said.

Section 308 of the Indian Penal Code deals with attempt to commit culpable homicide.Police said the accused was taken into custody from the Vytilla area on Sunday night itself.

(with inputs from PTI)

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