Bhubaneswar: Mili’s counsels P.K Jena indicated that they are planning to approach the Supreme Court challenging the dismissal of the petition filed filed by Mili Panda’s father Dhanurdhar Dash in February by a Division Bench of Justice L Mohapatra and Justice B.K Patel.
The Bench observed that there has been no violation of any fundamental rights in her arrest by the police in January this year.
“We are going to file a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court challenging the High Court’s order,” Mr. Jena said.
Alleging that the arrest of a woman after sunset and without the presence of a magistrate is bad in the eyes of law, Duryadhan Dash father of Mili Panda had filed the writ challenging the arrest and illegal confinement of his daughter.
He said that the prosecution however, had maintained that Mili was actually arrested at 3 pm on January 15, 2010 and not 3 am as shown in the arrest memo.He had filed the writ challenging the arrest and illegal confinement of his daughter saying a woman’s fundamental rights had been grossly violated.
Mili was reportedly arrested by Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Commissionerate Police on the intervening night of January 14-15 from her residence at Bhubaneswar. She was booked under section 121, 121(A), 124 (A) and 34 of IPC read with section 17 of Criminal Law Amendment Act and section 63 of Copyright Act and section 18 and 20 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The State Government had also told the High Court that there had been no violation of fundamental rights of freedom and liberty during the arrest, detention and subsequent jail custody of Mili Panda.