High Court treats Seeman's petition as closed

The Madras High Court on Thursday treated as closed a petition by Seeman, film director and leader of the “Naam Thamizhar Iyakkam”, seeking ‘A' class facility in prison.

‘O.F. yard'

When the matter came up for further hearing before a Division Bench comprising Justices C. Nagappan and P.R. Shivakumar, the authorities, in their counter, submitted that the prisoner had been provided ‘A' class facility, and the ‘O.F. yard' where he had been lodged had sufficient vacant space for walking and the yard was kept open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The prisoner was allowed to walk freely in the yard during that time.


The Additional Public Prosecutor submitted that after the prisoner was detained under the National Security Act, he continued to be an ‘A' class prisoner and all facilities listed in a G.O of April 1998, were being provided to him.

Recording the above submission, the Bench said it was treating the petition as closed.

Mr. Seeman was earlier arrested and remanded to judicial custody on July 12 for allegedly making an ‘inflammatory speech' near the Chennai Collectorate on July 10. Later, he was detained under the NSA.

Corrections and Clarifications

The second paragraph of a report “High Court treats Seeman's petition as closed” (Tamil Nadu, August 6, 2010) had the term “O.F. yard”, leading to queries. It was a term used during the British Raj, continues to be in use, and stands for the “Old Female yard”. Female prisoners used to be lodged here. Later, separate facilities were built for them. Different categories of prisoners are lodged in the ‘O.F. yard'.

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