Tamil Diplomat

‘Dubious’ bail plea: HC summons Sasikala Pushpa

The Madras High Court’s Madurai Bench on Tuesday summoned Rajya Sabha member Sasikala Pushpa, who was recently expelled from the AIADMK, to respond to an allegation of having played fraud on the court while filing an anticipatory bail application in a case registered by Thoothukudi police against her and her family members for allegedly ill-treating and sexually abusing two domestic aides.

Justice V.M. Velumani directed the MP to appear before the court on Monday (August 29) and explain how she could have signed a vakalat in Madurai on August 17 authorising her lawyer C. Susi Kumar to argue the advance bail application on behalf of her when the police claimed that she did not enter Tamil Nadu ever since the case was registered early this month.

Additional Advocate General (AAG) B. Pugalendhi said the MP was in Delhi when the First Information Report (FIR) was registered. She, her husband N. Lingeswara Thilagan (47) and their son L. Pradeep Raja (21) had initially approached the Delhi High Court and obtained an interim order on August 11 restraining the Thoothukudi police from arresting them till August 22.

“Instead of honouring the court order, the accused absconded and did not make themselves available for investigation. The prime accused and her husband left for Singapore on August 10 and returned to Delhi on August 14. Again, the third petitioner (Lingeswara Thilagan) flew to Singapore on August 16 and the first petitioner (Ms. Pushpa) followed him on August 17.

“However, this joint anticipatory bail application has been filed on August 18 as if they were present in Madurai on August 17 and signed in the vakalat in the presence of their advocate here. No litigant, much less an elected representative, is expected to make a false statement on oath,” the AAG said.

In response, the petitioners’ counsel sought to withdraw the case.

Order on August 30

However, turning down the request, the judge ordered all the accused, including Ms. Pushpa, to be present in the court on August 30 to respond to the allegation. She also made it clear that orders on the advance bail plea shall be pronounced on Monday itself after hearing Ms. Pushpa.(THE HINDU,2016)