CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has directed Vellore prison authorities to produce in court, the medical records relating to Murugan, a life convict in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, who has undertaken a penance for Jeeva Samadhi.
A division bench of Justices A Selvam and Pon Kalaiyarasan gave the direction while passing interim orders on a habeas corpus petition from Thenmozhi from Thanjavur, a close relative of Murugan, said on Tuesday.
She alleged that the prison authorities had denied permission to meet her uncle on August 22. She prayed for a direction from the court so that she could dissuade him from going ahead with the ‘penance’, which he had commenced on August 18.
When the matter came up on Tuesday, following a query from the judges as to why the petitioner was refused permission, the Additional Public Prosecutor submitted that as per the prison manual if any prisoner is under fasting, no visitors are allowed to meet him. All facilities made available to him/her will also be cut.
When the bench asked about the treatment given to Murugan, the APP replied that necessary medical treatment is being given to him and periodic check-ups are also being conducted.
‘Need report on Aug 31’
The division bench directed the prison authorities to file the medical report on August 31, before adjourning the matter to that day.