The Madras High Court has ordered notice on a writ petition by a person who sought a direction to the Puducherry authorities to pay him Rs.1 crore as compensation for illegally detaining him in Central Prison, Kalapet.

Admitting the petition, Justice P.Jyothimani said the notice would be returnable in two weeks.

In his petition, filed through counsel S. Doraisamy and V. Elangovan, Logu. Ayyappan of Ariyankuppam stated that he was the president of the Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam in the Union Territorial region. A “false case” was registered against him and two others last year alleging that they had made arrangements to send some Sri Lankan Tamil refugees from the Union Territory to Australia clandestinely.

He was granted bail by the lower court. An order detaining him under the NSA was passed on November 17, 2010 and he was lodged in prison.

His father made a representation to the Centre seeking revocation of the detention order. He also filed a habeas corpus petition seeking his release.

The Centre revoked the order on December 13 last year and directed the Puducherry government to release him forthwith. The fax message was received by the jail authorities the same day. The petitioner said a copy was also served on him on December 13. He was not released that date. His father sent a telegram to the authorities and he was released around midnight on December 15. Thus he was illegally detained even after receipt of the revocation order.

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