The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 on a petitioner, who recently moved the court claiming that his father, who won from the eighth ward of Mudukulathur panchayat union, Ramanathapuram district, was abducted by cadre of the AIADMK.
The petitioner stated that his father after having won as councillor from the eighth ward of the panchayat union was away from home in the early hours on January 3. But even after long time, he did not return home and when the petitioner’s mother called him over phone, the call was attended by Dharmar of the AIADMK.
The mother was informed that Sathaiya was under his care and custody. After being agitated over this, relatives of Sathaiya along with the cadre of the DMK approached Mudukulathur police and lodged a complaint seeking to rescue Sathaiya, who was said to have been abducted by the AIADMK cadre.
Despite taking the issue to the attention of the police, no action had been taken to rescue Sathaiya. However, Sathaiya was allowed to attend swearing-in ceremony on January 6 and the petitioner claimed that he was denied access when he attempted to meet Sathaiya. After the swearing-in was over, the AIADMK cadre forcibly took Sathaiya away and he went through illegal detention. Hence, the petitioner sough the intervention of the court to rescue Sathiaya from the custody of the AIADMK cadre. Meanwhile, counsel on behalf of the state government denied any such abduction by the AIADMK cadre. The bench then directed the Ramanathapuram police to produce Sathaiya before the court on Thursday and if not, Ramanathapuram Superintendent of police should appear before the court. As per the directive, the Ramnad police on Thursday produced DMK councillor Sathaiya before a division bench of Justice T. Raja and Justice B. Pugazhendi. On being questioned whether Sathaiya was abducted, he denied any such act and said since he was not interested in staying along with his son Raja, he moved away and stayed along with his daughter and son-in-law.