SC defers hearing on CBI probe into deaths during anti-Sterlite protests


New Delhi, The Supreme Court on Friday deferred till May 28 a plea seeking a CBI probe into deaths during anti-Sterlite protests in Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin. A division bench, headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar and also comprising Justice Naveen Sinha, said, 'We cannot hear it today and you (petitioner), mention it on Monday." The plea, filed by lawyer GS Mani, also sought registration of an FIR for the offence of murder against Tuticorin Collector, Superintendent of Police and other police officials. In Tuticorin, 13 people were killed when police fired at thousands of protesters demanding closure of the Vedanta Group-run Sterlite Industries over pollution concerns. The petitioner also sought compensation of Rs 50-lakh to the families of those who were killed in the firing, and Rs 25-lakh to seriously injured.