Shillong, Jan. 30: Jailed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) chairman Champion R. Sangma will appeal against his detention under the Meghalaya Preventive Detention Act (MPDA) although his intention to contest in the ensuing Assembly elections has not yet receded.
Today, Champion received a copy of the order from West Garo Hills district magistrate Pravin Bakshi in relation to his detention under the act.
Champion, a former deputy superintendent of police, had received a similar order yesterday from East Garo Hills district magistrate Vijay Kumar Mantri.
The contention of both Bakshi and Mantri was that if Champion is allowed to remain at large, he will “act in a manner prejudicial to the security of the state and maintenance of public order in the district”. The former cop will remain inside the Shillong district jail here.
However, Champion’s legal counsel Sujit Dey said his client would challenge the orders.
“According to the law, both the orders will be challenged where we will write to the district magistrates and also to the state principal secretary (political department),” Dey said.
Champion will also be moving the advisory board constituted under the Meghalaya Preventive Detention Act.
“In case we are not satisfied with the orders passed by the above authorities, we will seek redressal from the high court by moving a writ of habeas corpus,” Dey added.
Today, the GNLA chairman was also brought to the court of the chief judicial magistrate in relation to his arrest along the Indo-Bangladesh border on July 30, 2012.
Champion had earlier expressed his desire to contest in the February 23 polls. But he was yet to spell out from which constituency or party he will be seeking elections.