Chennai, September 11: The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party’s (MDMK) general secretary Vaiko on Wednesday filed a habeas corpus petition in the Supreme Court to produce former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah, the party said.
Vaiko, also a Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament, sought direction from the court to grant Abdullah liberty to attend a conference in Chennai.The conference is being organised by Vaiko on September 15.
Vaiko told the court that for several years, he had been organising a conference in Chennai on the occasion of the birthday of Thiru CN Annadurai, former chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
He has invited Abdullah to grace the occasion, which he agreed to attend. Vaiko said Abdullah had also attended the previous editions of the conference.
However, on or around August 5 Abdullah was placed under detention in Srinagar and despite his efforts, he was unable to contact him.
Vaiko has written a letter to authorities of Jammu and Kashmir to allow Abdullah to travel to Chennai in order to attend the conference in the interest of freedom of speech and in the spirit of encouraging democratic participation.
However, Vaiko did not get any response. IANS