NEWS RELETED TO RECENT CHENNAI HIGH COURT JUGDMENT:
CHENNAI: Six magistrates, four in Chennai and one each in Coimbatore and Paramakudi, who had entertained complaints which are purely civil in nature from banks and financial institutions, are in trouble.
Justice R Regupathy on Thursday suggested departmental action against the six magistrates while passing further orders on two criminal original petitions.
While passing interim orders earlier, the judge had castigated the judicial magistrates who took cognizance of such complaints and ordered the police to hold investigation, and directed the Vigilance Department to submit statistics of pending cases of credit card transactions, personal loans, hire purchase loans, cheque bounce cases with IPC offences.
And in its report, the department stated that as many as 10,738 such cases were pending before the X Metropolitan Magistrate in Egmore, 10,293 before the III MM in GT, 3,159 before XVII MM in Saidapet and 171 before XVIII MM in Saidapet. The report also stated that 243 cases were pending before the JM-III in Coimbatore and 156 before the JM in Paramakudi.
The judge observed that because of the orders passed mechanically by the magistrates, who colluded with the complainants, the police harassed the borrowers and subjected them to untold misery.
Staying all the proceedings pending before the six magistrates, the judge directed the Registry to transfer all the cases to the High Court.