Aide of suspended Tamil Nadu police official jailed

July 19th, 2008 - 12:03 am ICT by IANS  

Chennai, July 18 (IANS) S. Shankar, the aide of suspended Tamil Nadu Additional Director General of Police S.K. Upadhyay, was remanded in judicial custody by a local court Friday. Vijay Kumar, his counsel, alleged that Shankar was tortured by crime branch officials and the police threatened to eliminate him in a gun battle. He was arrested late Thursday, a few hours after Upadhyaya was placed under suspension.

The top cop was suspended following the report of Justice P. Shanmugham on the telephone tapping scandal that linked the official with Chief Secretary L.K. Tripathy and former minister A.A. Poongothai.

Major newspapers in Chennai had published transcripts of the conversation and Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy had played the tape to the media in May. Poongothai resigned in May.

The phone tapping incident came in the wake of the police keeping an eye on the activities of opposition leader and AIADMK chief J. Jayalalitha.

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