Ferreira sues state for Rs 25 lakh compensation

NAGPUR: The alleged Naxal top cadre Arun Thomas Ferreira has filed a criminal writ petition against the state and others before the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday. He is seeking compensation for infringement of his fundamental rights of liberty and freedom of movement guaranteed under the constitution and a speedy trial.

Ferreira has sought compensation of Rs 25 lakhs and an apology for him and his family for the undue harassment meted out by the jail authorities and different police units in the last few years after he was caught by city police in 2007. The hardened left wing activist has also sought quashing of all cases and proceedings against him.

Ferreira has also challenged the vexatious and mala fide prosecution, including delayed proceedings for showing arrests and his abduction from outside the jail premises by implicating him in different cases.

Counsel Surendra Gadling, who appeared for Ferreira, said the notice has been issued by justice AH Joshi, vacation judge, to the concerned respondents after the petition was filed before the vacation bench. Further hearing of the case has been scheduled for January 23.

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