TN DMK MP RS Bharathi arrested, let off on bail

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Tamil Nadu Dravida Munnetra Kazhakam (DMK) organizing secretary and Rajya Sabha member R S Bharathi, who was arrested early morning on Sautrday (May 23), has been released on interim bail till June 1.

Tamil Nadu Dravida Munnetra Kazhakam (DMK) organizing secretary and Rajya Sabha member R S Bharathi, who was arrested early morning on Sautrday (May 23), has been released on interim bail till June 1.

Flouting social distancing rules, a large number of DMK workers gathered in front of the District sessions Court at Egmore Court in Chennai when Bharathi was presented before the judge. They gave a rousing reception when the court let the DMK leader off.

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Chennai city police arrested Bharathi for his inflammatory speech about a Madras high court judge. He was booked under Section e of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

The DMK condemned the arrest, point out that it came 100 days after the AIADMK government had registered a case against him. DMK president M K Stalin said that the government has arrested him after he had given an explanation and also said sorry for what he had spoken.

“DMK cannot be cowed down by intimidations like the arrest of Bharathi. Neither the chief minister nor the ringmasters remote controlling him from a faraway place cannot divert the work of DMK for the uplift of SC/STs and their social justice,” said Stalin.

Bharathi had allegedly made the offensive comments at an event held in DMK Youth Wing headquarters in Chennai in February 2020. The comments related to the appointment of Dalits as high court judges during the term of the DMK government.  What caused provocation was his statement that this was alms given by the Dravidian movement.

After the video of the speech went viral and sparked outrage on social media, Bharathi expressed regrets for his remarks against the marginalised communities. He said that his intention was not to hurt the Dalits, but to just highlight the good things Kalaignar has done for them.

According to reports, the police arrested him from his residence in Alandur, Chennai, following a complaint lodged by Kalyan Kumar, the Chief of Adi Tamilar Makkal Katchi.

News Minute quoted Bharathi as saying that his arrest was prompted by a complaint he lodged against deputy chief minister O Pannerselvam on a corruption issue. He said that the police had taken him into custody even after he told them that he was under self-quarantine.

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