CHENNAI: The drama within the ruling AIADMK, what with the allegations of hijack, confinement and great escape, has reached the Police.
A rebel MLA approached the Chennai Police Commissioner on Friday, seeking immediate action over the alleged illegal detention and confinement of other MLAs under party general secretary VK Sasikala's instruction.
In his complaint, Srivaikundam MLA SP Shanmuganathan recalled how the MLAs who had assembled at the party headquarters on Wednesday were herded on to buses and taken first to the MLA Hostel to take spare clothes, and then to senior leader and minister 'Edappadi' Palanisamy's residence by evening. There, he alleged, the MLAs were made to sign minutes of the meeting and two blank papers.
None of them were allowed to move freely. "The MLAs were being supervised and controlled by private secutiry under the instructions of Sasikala. We were informed that we will be taken to a further unknown destination in the same buses... At around 7 pm, I was able to somehow escape," Shanmuganathan alleged.
Here is the copy of Shanmuganathan’s complaint:
Allegations of forceful detention were raised since yesterday, and a petition was Habeas Corpus petition was filed before the High Court of Madras by a voter who wanted his MLA to be produced before the court. To counter this, a section of MLAs with the official faction have been giving interviews to television channels to prove their claim that they were not detained as alleged.