The detention of the film director and leader of ‘Naam Thamizhar Iyakkam', Seeman under the National Security Act (NSA) has been challenged in the Madras High Court.

A Division Bench consisting of Justices C.Nagappan and P.R.Shivakumar before whom the petition came up, ordered notice returnable in six weeks.

In the habeas corpus petition, S.James Peter of Virugambakkam here, brother of the film director, said the allegation against Seeman was that he made a speech in the city on July 10 in which he strongly criticised the action of the State government on the issue relating to Sri Lankan Tamils and induced the gathering to indulge in violence.

The petitioner said the movement headed by his brother was getting big support all over the world. With a view to suppressing its activities, the case was foisted on Seeman with mala fide intention. The detention was mechanical, unwarranted and made without application of mind.

He prayed the court to quash the order dated July 16 detaining Seeman under the NSA, produce the director before the court and set him at liberty.