The Madras High Court on Friday set aside the detention of the former DMK Minister, Veerapandi S.Arumugam, and two others, including his political personal assistant, under the Goondas Act. The former Minister had been lodged in the Central Prison, Vellore.
In its nearly 90-page common order, a Division Bench comprising Justices K.N.Basha and N.Paul Vasanthakumar said it came to the irresistible conclusion that all the grounds raised by the detenus were sustainable.
Habeas Corpus Petitions were filed seeking to quash the orders of detention of Mr.Veerapandi Arumugam, his political PA, Gowsiga Boopathy, and Parapatty Suresh alias Sureshkumar, an advocate, under the Goondas Act and set them at liberty. They were detained on the Salem Police Commissioner’s orders. The main basis for passing the detention order related to land grabbing in Angammal Colony in Salem city and other places. While Mr.Arumugam was detained on June 18, Mr.Suresh and Mr.Gowsiga Boopathy were detained on January 28 and February 28 this year.