Madurai Bench grants bail to AIADMK activist
Madurai, August 20: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court granted bail to an AIADMK activist in a case related to making "defamatory remarks" against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi during public meetings, but restrained him from addressing any meeting till the enquiry was over.
Justice G Rajasuriya ordered that the AIADMK worker, Nethiyadi Nagaiyyan, should not address any meeting till the police filed a chargesheet and the enquiry was over.
Police had registered a case against him on July 20, 2007 at Vilathikulam station in Tuticorin district for making "defamatory and vulgar remarks" against the Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, he sought anticipatory bail from the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court.
The government pleader strongly objected to granting of bail, saying that the Cuddalore police had registered a similar case earlier and he was released on bail. But he did not stop using "abusive language".
He also said that one Sivasubramanian who had strongly objected to Nagaiyyan's remarks was threatened of dire consequences.
The judge directed the Vilathikulam police to file the chargesheet within two weeks. The judicial magistrate should complete the enquiry within two months. Till then, he should not address any meeting, the judge said. (Agencies)