Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Greater Chennai Police arrested DMK Rajya Sabha MP RS Bharathi. The arrest made on May 23, on charges of making derogatory remarks against judges belonging to the Scheduled Castes.
An interim bail granted to him till June 1, by Egmore Metropolitan Magistrate Court.
In an indoor meeting in February, he had alluded that Dalit judges owed their positions to the DMK’s social uplift policy. His remarks shown in the video clip, led to a police complaint after the video went viral.
On early May 23, Mr RS Bharathi arrested from his house in Alandur. Further, police produced him before the Egmore Metropolitan Magistrate. Teynampet police registered the case initially which later transferred to the CCB.
Kalyanasundaram’s president, Adi Tamizhar Makkal Katchi filed a complaint against Bharathi. Further, the Teynampet police registered an FIR against him on March 12, under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The FIR based on the made complaint, for delivering a speech at an event organised by Kalaignar Reading Circle on February 15.
Bharathi, 73, claimed he was arrested as he was about to expose “irregularities” in the acquisition of Covid-19 supplies in the state by the AIADMK-led government.
However, The DMK MP, earlier argued in the Madras High Court that the leaked remarks will not read in isolation without listening to his entire speech.
He had also moved to the Madras High Court, seeking a direction to the Principal Sessions Court here to consider his bail application on the same day when he chooses to surrender.
RS Bharathi Claimed His Arrest As A Conspiracy
Bharathi claimed his arrest as a “conspiracy” hatched by the Tamil Nadu government. He, also the organising secretary of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), said: “We won’t succumb to these conspiracies”. Further, he refused the curbing of voices rising against the corrupt Government. Bharathi told the above statements to the reporters outside Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital. Bharathi went there for a medical checkup.
On Saturday, regarding the case, Bharati said, “Whatever I said was distorted and shared across social media. The very next day I apologised to you (media).”