HC Bench asks RS MP to appear in maid case

Published: 24th August 2016 06:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th August 2016 06:32 AM   |  A+A-

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Tuesday directed Sasikala Pushpa,  the Rajya Sabha MP who was expelled by the AIADMK, and her family to appear in court, after the State government raised suspicion that the anticipatory bail petition filed by them could not be a genuine document.

The Additional Advocate General (AAG) appearing for the government said while two of the petitioners, including the MP and her husband T Lingeswara Thilagam, never visited the State in recently, it would be highly impossible for them to visit Madurai and sign ‘vakalat’ on August 17.

In their petition, the couple along with their son Pradeep Raja said based on a complaint given by one Banumathi, who was working as a housemaid at their house, Pudukottai All Women Police Station in Thoothukudi district booked them as they had allegedly harassed her physically as well as sexually.

The couple claimed that the allegations were false and concocted. Her family was targeted because of political animosity. Earlier, Delhi HC directed that no coercive action can be taken against the petitioners in the same case till August 22, and also directed the trio to approach an appropriate court for further remedy, they prayed.

When the petition came up on Tuesday, Pudukottai AWPS Inspector J Annathai filed preliminary objection petition and submitted that while Sasikala Pushpa’s husband Thilagam left for Singapore from Delhi on August 16, she too left for the same country from Delhi the next day. But as per the ‘vakalat’ signed for filing the anticipatory bail petition before the HC Bench, the couple were present at the temple city on August 17.

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