IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT MADRAS DATED: 06/02/2006 CORAM THE HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE P. SATHASIVAM AND THE HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE J.A.K. SAMPATH KUMAR HCP. No.1104 of 2005 Siva .. Petitioner -Vs- 1. The State of Tamil Nadu rep. by its Secretary to Government Prohibition and Excise Department Fort St. George Chennai 9. 2. The Commissioner of Police Greater Chennai, Egmore Chennai. .. Respondents Petition filed under Article 226 of the Constitution of India praying for issuance of writ of habeas corpus as stated therein. For petitioner :Ms. A. Vasanthi For respondents :Mr. Abudukumar Rajarathinam Government Advocate (Crl.side) :ORDER
(ORDER OF THE COURT WAS MADE BY P. SATHASIVAM,J.)
The petitioner by name Siva, who was detained as Goonda under
Section 3(1) of the Tamil Nadu Prevention of Dangerous Activities of
Bootleggers, Drug Offenders, Forest Offenders, Goondas, Immoral Traffic
Offenders, Slum Grabbers and Video Pirates Act, 1982 (in short ” Tamil Nadu
Act 14 of 1982″), by the detention order of the second respondent made in Memo
No.450/2005 dated 09.09.2005, challenges the same in this petition.
2. Heard the learned counsel for the petitioner as well as
learned Government Advocate for the respondents.
3. The learned counsel for the petitioner by taking us
through certain pages of English version of the grounds of detention and the
Tamil version of the grounds of detention contended that in view of variation
/ defective translation in several aspects, the ultimate detention order
passed by the detaining authority is liable to be quashed. In support of his
above contention learned counsel submitted that in para 3 of the English
version of the grounds of detention though it is stated that “Tr. Masilamani
warded off the attack with his left hand. However, the knife fell over his
left hand and caused bleeding injury, ” in the Tamil version it is stated that
the said Masilamani warded off the attack with his right hand. However, even
according to the learned counsel, in the next line it has been correctly
stated that the knife fell over his left hand, which caused bleeding injury.
In such circumstances, inasmuch as it has been correctly stated both in
English and Tamil version of the grounds of detention relating to causing
injury on his left hand, we are of the view that the said discrepancy is not a
4. The learned counsel also pointed out that though in the
same paragraph it is stated that, “Taking advantage of the panic situation Tr.
Siva threatened the police personnel by uttering “vd;id gpof;f vtdhtJ fpl;l
te;jhy; bfhy;yhky; tplkhl;nld;”, in the Tamil version, reference to police has
not been mentioned. Here again, if we read the entire paragraph, though there
is omission to mention that Siva threatened the “police personnel”, it is not
in dispute that his act had caused panic in the mind of the public. Hence, we
are of the view that the omission to mention police personnel is not of vital
5. By drawing our attention to page Nos.219 and 221 of the
booklet, which are English and Tamil version of the remand order dated 25.08
.2005 respectively of XIII Metropolitan Magistrate, would submit that here
again there is a variation in the Tamil version of the said order. We
verified both English and Tamil version of the order of remand dated
25.08.2005. Though in the English version the learned Magistrate has stated
that no complaints against police, when the same is translated in Tamil, it is
stated that, “fhty; Jiwf;F vjpuhf g[fhh; VJk; bjhptpf;ftpy;iy/” We are
satisfied that what is stated in Tamil version conveys the same meaning as
stated in the English version of the remand order. We are of the view that
none of the contention of the learned counsel for the petitioner merit
acceptance by this Court. We are also satisfied that because of the minor
defects, the detenu has not lost anything, on the other hand he made a
representation questioning the order of detention and the same was considered
and rejected. Accordingly, we do not find any valid ground for interference.
Hence, this petition is dismissed.
1. The Secretary to Government
Prohibition and Excise Department
Fort St. George
2. The Commissioner of Police
Egmore, Chennai 600 008.