The Delhi high court on Thursday provided interim protection against arrest till August 22 to expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa and two of her family members, who face charges of harassment by their domestic help.
Justice Mukta Gupta said no coercive action is to be taken against the Rajya Sabha MP and her kin while she explores her legal remedies. However, the court said she will have to move the appropriate court for protection against arrest as the case was registered in Tamil Nadu.
Pushpa, her husband Lingeswara Thilakan and son Pradeep Raja had moved the high court seeking anticipatory bail.
On Wednesday, the state government counsel told the court that an FIR was lodged against them at Pudukkottai district under various sections of IPC and under Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Woman Act.
The two domestic help, who reportedly worked at Pushpa’s house in Tamil Nadu, had filed a police complaint alleging that they were tortured by Pushpa and her family.
Senior advocate Sudhir Nandrajog, who appeared for the trio, had told the court that his clients were at present staying in Delhi and that they should be given some protection to approach the appropriate court in Tamil Nadu.
Delhi Police informed the court that another bench of the high court had on August 5 asked the police to provide security to Pushpa on her plea seeking adequate protection for her and her family members on the ground that she was receiving threats after being allegedly slapped by a party leader.
Earlier, the Delhi high court had directed the police to escort Pushpa to Parliament so that she can discharge her duty safely.