sp udayakumar: Hc authorizes the trip of an activist to Turkey | Madurai News

Madurai: The Madras High Court temporarily suspended the watchdog issued against activist SP Udayakumar and allowed him to travel to Turkey to attend a conference in May. The court was hearing Udayakumar’s motion to quash the lookout notice pending against him at domestic and international airports in India and allow him to travel abroad.
The petitioner has organized several demonstrations against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) in Tirunelveli district. Few cases are pending against the petitioner in connection with the protests. His request to have the lookout against him revoked was ignored by the passport authorities. Hence, he moved the HC Madurai bench to seek relief.
Judge G Ilangovan said the question arises whether the pending criminal cases against the petitioner can be grounds for rejecting his request to travel abroad. The Supreme Court, in a verdict, recognized the fundamental right of a citizen to travel abroad. The judge said that the petitioner had produced a document showing that he had been invited to participate in the international conference entitled “Xenophobia in the media” which will be held on May 30-31 in Turkey. Observing that the applicant has the right to travel abroad, the judge indicated that the notices of lookout against him are suspended from May 20 to June 30.

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