Madurai, Feb 23: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has dismissed a petition seeking to quash the order detaining a Hindu outfit leader in connection with the damage to a statue of "Periyar" E V Ramasamy in the temple town of Srirangam near Tiruchirappalli in December last.
Justice M.Chockalingam and Justice Rajasuriya observed that Tiruchirappalli Commissioner of Police was right in invoking NSA against Hindu Makkal Katchi leader Raghavan, charged with instigating two persons to damage the statue, as there was law and order problem after the incident, which affected many parts of the state.
The petitioner, Latha, Raghavn's wife, submitted that the Commissioner had mentioned the time of arrest of her husband in the detention order wrongly. She had sent a telegram to higher police officials much before the time mentioned in the detention order. She charged that the CoP had not applied his mind while passing the detention order.
She also said that particulars as to why her husband was being detained were not given to him on time and this amounted to violation of rights guaranteed under the constitution. The CoP had also informed her that she could meet her husband only after 15 days and she could not meet him to represent to the higher officials as to what exactly happened.
The Bench said the Petitioner had given a written representation after giving the telegram. But she had not mentioned the telegram in the representation.
On the contention of the petitioner that she could not meet her husband for 15 days, the Judges referred to the communication of the CoP and said the CoP had actually stated that she could meet her husband within 15 days. She had misconstrued the communication. (Agencies)