August 10, 2016
As per the directive of the Madras High Court, a 3-member team, headed by the Principal District Judge, R. Pongiappan, held a detailed inquiry and recorded statement of two women inmates of the Isha Yoga Centre near here, this evening.
Pongiappan, accompanied by Rural SP Ramya Bharati and another Judicial officer, went to the campus around 3.15 p.m. and recorded the statements of Geetha and Latha, now known as Maa Maayu and Maa Mati, daughters of a retired professor Kamaraj.
Kamaraj had filed a petition in the High Court, seeking its help to rescue his daughters, whom he alleged were held captive in the centre.
The team came out around 6.30 p.m., police said. The report would be submitted to the High Court.
Meanwhile, the sisters reiterated their stand that they were staying in the Centre on their volition and were not held captive and no pressure was being exerted to continue to stay there.
Some body might have instigated their parents to file against the Centre, they said, adding that their views were presented before the inquiry team.
Another inmate Ramesh from Thoothukudi and was working as an engineer in Singapore and now staying at the Centre, also said that he liked the atmosphere at the Centre and its activities like planting of saplings.