Maoist leader Roopesh, his wife Shyna and three others who were arrested by the ‘Q’ Branch police in the outskirts of Coimbatore in May this year, have moved the Madras High Court challenging their detention under the National Security Act (NSA). When the habeas corpus pleas filed by all five arrested persons came up for hearing on Friday, a Division Bench comprising S. Tamilvanan and C.T. Selvam ordered issuing of notice to authorities and posted the matter for October 12.
Following their arrest by the police at Karumathampatty in Coimbatore district in May, the five persons were issued the detention orders at Coimbatore Central prison in July. The arrested were booked under Section 3(2) of NSA, 1980, which would prevent them from acting in a manner prejudicial to the maintenance of public order. It may be recalled that a local court in Coimbatore had rejected their bail applications as well.