Madurai: The Madras High Court issued notice to the Tamilnadu police chief and state finance secretary asking them to file counter to a petition seeking to set up a separate team for investigating usury cases.
A division bench of the court’s Madurai bench, comprising Justices Venugopal and Abdul Quodhose, directed the DGP and the secretary to file their counter before 4 December.
The petitioner, Kanagavel Pandian of Tirunelveli district, alleged that rowdies and politically influential persons were involved in usury. The usury cases should be investigated by a separate team and also a committee should be formed to create awareness about the evils of usury, he submitted.
The usury menace came to the fore with a couple setting themselves and their daughters, aged two and five, on fire at the collectorate complex in Tirunelveli on 23 October protesting ‘harassment’ by a money lender. While the woman and the children died the same day, the man succumbed to burn injuries the next day.