MP sends complaint to Speaker

Kanniyakumari MP H. Vasanthakumar on Tuesday sent a complaint to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla about his police detention.

The police detained him near Nanguneri as he was reportedly going to Kanniyakumari from Palayamkottai via Nanguneri on Monday.

“I have sent a complaint to the Speaker. I’ll move a breach of privilege motion against the police who detained me illegally for more than four hours. They have registered a false complaint in an attempt to justify the detention,” Mr. Vasanthakumar said on Tuesday.

When polling of Nanguneri by-poll was under way, the police detained the MP at Kalungadi near Kalakkad accusing him of canvassing for votes on the date of polling and persuading voters to vote for a particular candidate and two more Sections of the IPC.

Mr. Vasanthakumar said he did nothing against the law and obeyed the directions of the police. “I was crossing Nanguneri and took alternative route (via Thuvaraikulam) only after the police asked me to do so. But they intercepted my vehicle midway and detained me. To justify this detention, they are saying that I was trying to bribe voters to get their votes in favour of our candidate and created law and order issues…” he said.

Besides moving a breach of privilege motion against the police officer, who prevented me from visiting my constituency, I’ll take this case in a court of law,” he added.

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