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Hindraf leader files fresh plea seeking release

An ethnic Indian activist, who has been detained under Malaysia's tough Internal Security Act for more than a year, has filed a fresh habeas corpus application on grounds of "medical negligence" and sought his early release.

world Updated: Mar 27, 2009 16:55 IST

An ethnic Indian activist, who has been detained under Malaysia's tough Internal Security Act for more than a year, has filed a fresh habeas corpus application on grounds of "medical negligence" and sought his early release.

P Uthayakumar, leader of banned Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), and his family has alleged that he was not getting proper treatment in jail despite being a diabetic patient.

The Hindraf leader's appeal on his second habeas corpus application to be released under the Internal Security Act was thrown out recently by the Federal Court on technical grounds.

47-year-old Uthayakumar had appealed against the High Court's decision disallowing his second habeas corpus bid for freedom on grounds of medical negligence as he was suffering from swelling and injury to his left foot.

Uttayakumar and four of his collegaues have been in the custody since December 2007 for organising an illegal rally on November 25 in Kuala Lumpur which was attended by over 20,000 ethnic Indians to protest alleged marginalisation of the minority community in this multi ethnic country.