DMK Rajya Sabha member R S Bharathi leaves judicial quarters after he was given an interim bail . Photo by A P…Read More

CHENNAI: Hours after DMK organisational secretary and Rajya Sabha member R S Bharathi was arrested by the Chennai city police, a district sessions court let him off on interim bail till June 1.
A battery of DMK lawyers, including senior counsel P Wilson and N R Elango, who themselves are Rajya Sabha members of the party, rushed to principal sessions judge Selvakumar’s residence to pre-empt the remanding of Bharathi in judicial custody.
They submitted that it was a totally unwarranted arrest, that too during the lockdown period, and added that Bharathi had apprehended arrest in the matter and had already filed an anticipatory bail petition in Madras high court.
The case is scheduled to come up for further hearing on Wednesday, they said.
Acceding to their plea for reprieve in the mean time, sessions judge Selvakumar granted Bharathi interim bail till June 1.
The Teynampet police registered a case against Bharathi under IPC provisions besides that of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, based on the complaint lodged by Athi Tamilar Makkal Katchi’s Kalyanasundaram on May 12. The issue relates to a reported speech by Bharathi during an indoor meeting of a party forum, to the effect that many dalits were made judges due to the indulgence of party leadership during former chief minister M Karunanidhi’s tenure.
The case was later transferred to the CCB for further investigation. The police team nabbed Bharathi from his residence early on Saturday.