MP HIGH Court here on Thursday directed the Indian Army to produce havildar (nursing assistant) N Bhaskaran before the court on February 7.
The court issued the order during hearing of a habeas corpus petition filed by Vasuki Bhaskaran, wife of N Bhaskaran alleging two officers Col. G Jayaraman and Maj. Azim Ahmad, posted at Bhopal, had detained her husband unlawfully since March 14 last.
Assistant Solicitor General of India Dharmendra Sharma, appearing for the Indian Army, said the petitioner’s husband was never arrested or detained and the question to release Bhaskaran did not arise.
He submitted a reply supported by an affidavit of Lt. Col. MG Savy on behalf of the Indian Army stating that further instructions were awaited from the Army Headquarters in connection with the summary court proceedings against Bhaskaran.
A division bench comprising Justice Dipak Misra and Justice SC Sinho directed the Army to produce Bhaskaran before it after taking on record the affidavit filed by the Army.
The petitioner’s counsels Dr. NB Yadav and DK Mishra argued that, despite intimating the higher ups in advance about extension of leave, the petitioner’s husband was forced to face summary court proceedings.
Earlier, in view of the serious allegations leveled in the petition, the HC on January 12 had directed the Assistant Solicitor General to file reply within 10 days.