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The petitioner, V Preetha, who is an advocate, states that one of those detained is her cousin M Geetha - a Member of the Legislative assembly at Krishnarayapuram assembly constituency.

Read one of the Habeas Corpus petitions filed seeking the appearance of AIADMK MLAs
news Politics Friday, February 10, 2017 - 13:26

As AIADMK MLAs continue to be ‘locked up’ inside the Golden Bay Resorts in Chennai, a relative of one of the detainees, has filed a Habeas Corpus petition in the Madras HC seeking the court’s immediate intervention to get her released.

The petitioner, V Preetha, who is an advocate, states that one of those detained is her cousin M Geetha - a Member of the Legislative assembly at Krishnarayapuram assembly constituency.

The plea dated February 9, 2017 is addressed to a list of four Respondents viz. 1. Director General of Police, Chennai; 2. The Commissioner of Police, Chennai; 3. The Inspector of Police, Chennai; and 4. VK Sasikala.

Preetha has impressed upon the Court to issue a writ of Habeas Corpus or another appropriate writ or order to Respondents 1, 2 and 3 so that her cousin is set free.

A day after The News Minute reported on the situation inside the Golden Bay Resorts on the outskirts of Chennai, it has now emerged at the TN Director General of Police TK Rajendran has directed the state police to intervene in the issue. There have been allegations that the MLAs are being kept ‘locked up’ by the Sasikala camp.

Also read: MLAs remain ‘locked up’ in Golden Bay, TN police to intervene on DGP’s orders

The petition reads as follows:

I am the petitioner herein I am a native of Chennai District. I may be permitted to appear as party-in person in the above case. I am the second cousin of Détente (sic) M. Geetha, Member of the Legislative assembly at Krishnarayapuram assembly constituency and I know the facts of the case.

I submit that the Detente is my Parental aunt’s granddaughter. She was elected to the legislative assembly in the General elections in 2016 and was successful candidate in the Krishnarayapuram assembly constituency.

In the recent political conditions of the state of Tamil Nadu, it is stated that all the MLAs of the AIADMK are under the illegal custody of the third respondent herein. One of such MLA is my second cousin Mrs. M. Geetha. It is also understood that they are not allowed to use cell phone or to move around freely. The Fundamental Right of freedom of movement is curtailed to the Detente M. Geetha, Member of the Legislative assembly at Krishnarayapuram assembly constituency by the third respondent herein.

I have given my representation on 09.02.2017 to the respondents 1 to 3. I respectfully submit that I am with only option to file this petition. This may be considered as an urgent case. He is under the illegal custody of the 4th respondent herein. The free movement and liberty of my second cousin have been curtailed by the 4th respondent who has violated the provisions of Article 19 and 21 of the Constitution of India.

I have no other efficacious and quick remedy excepting to approach this Hon’ble court by way of this writ petition under Article 226 of the Constitution of India.

I therefore pray that this Hon’ble Court may be pleased to issue a writ of Habeas Corpus or any other appropriate writ or order or direction in the nature of writ directing the respondents 1 to 3 to produce my second cousin of Detente M. Geetha, Member of the Legislative assembly at Krishnarayapuram assembly constituency and to set her free at liberty and pass such further orders as it deems fit in the circumstances.

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