'Produce order of quashing of detention of MLA under NSA'

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Chennai, Aug 24: The Madras High Court on Saturday directed the Centre to produce records that pertained to Union Home Ministry order quashing the detention of PMK MLA Guru under National Security Act (NSA).

A division bench comprising Justices V Dhanapalan and C T Selvam said upon perusing the records, it would pass orders on August 26 on the petition challenging the MLAs detention under NSA.

The state invoked provisions of NSA on Guru, who represent Jeyamkondan assembly constituency, for his provocative speech to his party's youth wing conference in Mamallapuram in April, which reportedly triggered violent incidents. He was slapped NSA provision by an order on May 10, which the Union Home Ministry quashed on July 1.

The state booked him for the second time on July three under the same law, which was also revoked by the Centre yesterday. However, the state government today invoked NSA on Guru for the third time, which was challenged by G Vaidyalingam, PMK District Secretary of Ariyalur District.

When the petition came up for hearing, Advocate General A L Somayaji defended invoking of NSA for the third time and submitted that when the High Court was seized of the issue, how could the Centre pass order quashing the state government order?

Additional Solicitor General P Wilson who appeared on behalf of the Central government argued that nothing prevents the Centre to revoke the detention orders passed by the state and Union government could very well exercise its powers. Guru's counsel N R Elango submitted that the state has to obey the orders of central government.

After hearing arguments of both sides, the bench directed the central government to produce the records relating to revocation of NSA and as well as directed the state government to furnish the records of third detention order to enable it to pass orders on Monday.

PTI

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