The Karnataka High Court directed the police to provide protection to Susheela Sharma for one month, considering that her life was in danger.
The police recently rescued Susheela from a rehabilitation centre where she was given injections for being mentally ill.
Susheela had informed the court in the last hearing that she was forcibly admitted by her daughter who is after her property.
A division bench comprising Justice Raghavendra Chauhan and Justice K S Mudagal was hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by Narotham Sharma, Susheela's nephew.
Narotham claimed that Susheela, his maternal aunt, had been kidnapped and kept in captivity by her daughter Sunitha.
The court observed that the police had failed in conducting a detailed investigation and asked the Director General of Police (DGP) Neelamani N Raju to consider the statements made by Susheela and Narotham to the registrar.
The court also directed the DGP to obtain records of the crime and depute a DCP to conduct an investigation.
The court further stated that if sufficient evidence is found against the accused, then proper action should be taken against them in accordance with the law.
Sunitha and her friend Kareem have been taken into custody and a case has been registered against them.