The Madras High Court on Friday ruled in favour of Isha Foundation, a day after a woman moved a Habeas Corpus plea alleging that her two daughters "brainwashed and held captive" at the foundation's Yoga Center in Coimbatore.
This came after an inquiry by a Principal District Judge (PDJ) who visited the centre on August 10.
The court noted that the PDJ, āhas categorically mentioned in his report that there is no truth in the allegation, and that the women are staying at the Foundation on their own will.ā
The judges said "since there is no allegation by the two women that they are restrained wrongfully and they are remaining in the Isha Foundation against their wish, it is not possible for this court to compel them to come out from the institution."
The bench after hearing all the submissions, in its order said, "We are of the view that as of now there is no material on record even to remotely infer that the daughters of the petitioner are illegally detained by the foundation."
"Prima facie we are satisfied that the children are staying in the Isha Foundation on their own volition following a path of sanyasin which they like. Therefore no relief as prayed for in this petition can be granted," the judges said.
Earlier, 100 villagers and students of the area, who termed the charges as totally false and done by some 'vested interests' visited the District Collectorate in two batches and submitted a memoranda to the administration, citing the 'good work' done by the Centre and its founder, Jaggi Vasudev.
The memoranda said 400 families of Gandhi Colony, mostly Dalits, are sending their children to a school run by Isha, "which is providing quality education."
Besides, the villagers were getting good medical aid and also plenty of job opportunities were being provided, it said.
The High Court also permitted the parents to continue visiting their daughters, as they have been doing in the past, with prior intimation.