Missing AIADMK MLAs: High Court Adjourns Habeas Corpus Pleas
Chennai: The Madras High Court today adjourned to February 12, the habeas corpus petitions filed by two advocates on the actual whereabouts of AIADMK MLAs, after asking the Additional Public Prosecutor to get instructions as to where they were actually staying.
When the petitions filed by advocates Elavarasan and Preetha came up for hearing, a Division Bench comprising Mr Justice C T Selvam and Mr Justice T Mathivanan asked about the actual whereabouts of the MLAs after the APP withdrew yesterday’s submission that they were ‘free and safe’ at the MLAs hostel in the city.
Reports said all the MLAs, whose support AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala claims to have, were taken in luxury buses on Wednesday after the MLAs meeting, to a resort on the ECR.
When the Bench asked about the whereabouts of MLAs, the APP withdrew his submissions and said “the MLAs are not in illegal custody, but I need time to get instructions about their actual whereabouts.”
The petitioners sought a direction to the police to trace and produce Kunnam MLA Ramachandran and Krishnarayapuram MLA Geetha who, they alleged, were missing after visiting Chennai on February 8 to attend the AIADMK Legislature Party meeting Advocate K. Balu of Pattali Makkal Katchi, appearing for one of the petitioners, alleged that the MLAs were under illegal detention in a resort on the East Coast Road and deprived of basic facilities such as food and water.
Quoting information, he also said they were not even allowed to contact their family. After recording the submissions, the Bench directed the APP to get instructions on all the allegations, and adjourned the matter to February 12 for further hearing.