City Court Grants Interim Bail to DMK Leader R S Bharathi

City Court Grants Interim Bail to DMK Leader R S Bharathi

A city court on Saturday granted interim bail till June 1 to DMK organisation secretary and Rajya Sabha member R S Bharathi, who was arrested for his alleged disparaging remarks made against the Scheduled Caste community a few months ago. A battery of DMK lawyers, including senior counsel P Wilson and N R Elango, who are Rajya Sabha members of the party, rushed to Principal Sessions judge Selvakumars residence to pre-empt remanding of Bharathi in judicial custody. Acceding to their plea for a reprieve in the meantime, the judge granted Bharathi interim bail till June 1. An FIR was registered against Bharathi under the IPC provisions besides those of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, based on the complaint lodged by Athi Tamilar Makkal Katchi leader Kalyanasundaram for an alleged speech by the DMK leader at a party forum indoor meeting. According to the interim order passed by the sessions judge, Bharathi was produced before him by police at 8.45am. The investigating officer submitted that he had conducted a proper probe and remanding the accused in judicial custody is necessary. Opposing the same, senior counsel Elango and Wilson argued the arrest is politically motivated. "Though the case was originally registered at the Teynampet police station, on May 22 it was transferred to Chennai CCB. Immediately after such transfer, the investigating officer arrested the accused without doing any further investigation," the senior counsel said. This apart, the accused has already moved the High Court seeking permission to surrender before the special court for MPs ...
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