Kerala High Court: Missing CPM Worker’s wife moves Court with HabeasCorpus

Kerala High Court CPM worker Habeas Corpus

Chaini Parwani –

Published On: October 30, 2021 at 17:43 IST

A Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) worker’s wife moved to the Kerala High Court with a Habeas Corpus Petition claiming that her missing husband was kidnapped for reasons in connection with the upcoming CPM Branch Election. 

A Division Bench comprising of Justices K. Vinod Chandran and C. Jayachandran adjudicated the matter and passed a Notification.

The Petitioner was anxious to approach the Court, acknowledging no development had been made in the probe despite the passage of one month since her husband went missing and prayed for immediate action. 

Sajeevan Poriyanteparambil, (Petitioner’s husband), a CPM party member and a fisherman, went missing on 29th September as he left home in the early hours that day for fishing but did not come back.

The Petitioner then reported the situation to the Ambalappuzha police station that very evening. 

Further, the Petitioner claimed that she had a rational apprehension that it was not a case of man-missing but an abduction associated with a dissident movement within the party.

Furthermore, the Plea reveals that in the Petitioner’s locality, there have been two factions of the party for a long time, often referred to as the “Official faction” and “Rebels” respectively. The rebels are reportedly quite strong in the area. The lowest unit of the party is a branch committee. 

The Petitioner highlighted that her husband belonged to branch committees considered as the lowest unit of the party and a meeting of the stated branch was scheduled to be conducted on 30th September which was later postponed due to Sajeevan’s absence.

The Petitioner also claimed that the Station House Officer and the Superintendent of Police adopted a lethargic attitude towards the matter and the probe was not carried on appropriately.

Accordingly, the Petitioner has urged that since it is the statutory duty of the Advocates Sonu Augustine and V. Praveen represented the Petitioner. 

Case Title: Sajitha Sajeevan v. Station House Officer & Ors.

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