Hc grants anticipatory bail to Kamal

The Madras High Court’s Madurai bench has granted conditional anticipatory bail to Makkal Needhi Maiam founder and actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan.

The relief was granted to him when his petition fearing arrest, in connection with cases filed against him for his ‘Hindu terrorism’ remarks at an election rally, was came up for hearing.

On Wednesday last, the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court dismissed a petition seeking to stop Kamal Haasan from campaigning in the by-poll to four Assembly constituencies for his anti-Hindu remark.

Hearing a petition filed against Kamal by an advocate Saravanan, the court said that Election Commission (EC) should only decide on whether to allow the MNM founder to continue campaigning or not.

As his ‘Hindu extremist’ remark in Aravakurichi created a political storm, Kamal Haasan had said he only spoke about a historical fact.

The Makkal Needhi Maiam president asked his detractors to make “valid allegations”, asking if he could cater to only one section of people after entering active politics.

“They got angry for what I spoke at Aravakurichi. What I spoke (there) is historic truth. I did not lure anyone to a brawl,” he said during a by-poll campaign at Tirupparankundram near Madurai.

Meanwhile, chappals were hurled towards a vehicle from which Kamal Haasan was addressing an election meeting in the Tirupparankundram Assembly constituency on Wednesday evening.