The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday directed the relative of slain Maoist Manivasagam to take steps to bring his body to his native Salem from Kerala after which permission would be granted to his wife and sister, both members of the proscribed CPI (Maoist) to attend the funeral.
The litigant S Anbarasan moved the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court seeking to grant 30-day parole for Manivasagam’s wife Kala and sister Chandra to attend the final rites of the slain Maoist. The petitioner stated that Kala and Chandra were arrested in Karur in 2016 for allegedly recruiting youths into the movement and presently lodged in Tiruchy Central Prison.
The petitioner said both Kala and Chandra were facing cases under sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and under sections 18, 18A, 18B, 20 and 38 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
The petitioner claimed pursuant to the order of the Kerala HC, he and his relative Lakshmi identified the body of Manivasagam.
Hearing the case, a Division Bench comprising Justices S Vaidyanathan and N Anand Venkatesh directed the petitioner to make arrangements to bring the body of Manivasagam to his native Salem.
Once the body was brought, further orders would be passed with regard to granting permission to his wife and sister to attend the funeral.
The Court also directed the Salem Superintendent of Police to deploy adequate policemen to prevent any law and order problem during the funeral and adjourned the case.