Assault case: Santhanam seeks anticipatory bail

Following a police complaint against Santhanam for allegedly threatening a builder and attacking him, the actor filed an anticipatory bail petition in the Madras High Court on Tuesday.

Valasaravakkam police have filed separate cases against Santhanam and realtor Shanmugasundaram under the sections 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 294-B (recites or utters any obscene words) and 506(1) (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

In his petition, Santhanam said, “In order to escape from his liability, the defacto-complaiant created a scenario and he lodged a false complaint against me as counter blast to harass and humiliate me.”

He added: “I state that I am innocent and I am no way connected to the alleged offence. I am a law-abiding citizen and I am having a permanent address and as such, I am ready to offer substantial sureties for my release.”

On Monday, Santhanam, a builder Shanmugasundaram and two others were injured in Valasaravakkam after they allegedly attacked each other over a land deal. They were taken to a private hospital and then discharged.

Shanmugasundaram and Prem Anand, a BJP functionary, invited Santhanam and his manager on Monday evening to the former’s office in Virugambakkam. A verbal duel turned into a fight.