Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s (DMK) Rajya Sabha MP RS Bharathi was arrested on Saturday for his alleged disparaging remarks made in opposition to the Scheduled Caste neighborhood a number of months in the past, prompting an change of phrases between the occasion chief MK Stalin and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ok Palaniswami. A metropolis courtroom has granted interim bail to RS Bharathi within the case.
Earlier on Saturday, Bharathi, the 73-year-old DMK Organisation Secretary, was picked up from his residence.
He has been granted interim bail until June 1 by a metropolis courtroom after it was knowledgeable that the Madras Excessive Court docket was already seized of a give up software filed by him which is arising on Wednesday.
In an indoor assembly in February, Bharathi had implied that Dalit judges owed their positions to the DMK’s social uplift coverage. A video clip of his remarks was shared extensively on social media, resulting in a police criticism.
He was arrested for allegedly making the feedback in opposition to the SC neighborhood, with a case being filed in opposition to him just lately below two sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act based mostly on a criticism.
Nonetheless, Bharathi mentioned his remarks made at a DMK assembly in February had been “twisted” and mentioned it was not reported in any newspaper whereas “some within the social media carried out a marketing campaign in opposition to me.”
DMK chief MK Stalin has additionally alleged the arrest was a ploy by the ruling AIADMK to ‘divert’ consideration from corruption and the federal government’s ‘failure’ to deal with the Covid-19 scenario, remarks that drew a pointy rebuke from Palaniswami who charged the opposition chief with enacting a ‘drama’ to realize political mileage.
The arrest has additionally prompted an change of phrases between Stalin and Palaniswami.
Coaching his weapons in opposition to the chief minister, Stalin condemned the motion and questioned why the police acted on a three-month-old case.
He mentioned Bharathi had filed complaints of corruption in portfolios dealt with by Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam and his cupboard colleague SP Velumani.
“To cover his administrative failure in coping with coronavirus and divert consideration from corruption, Palaniswami has arrested Bharathi,” Stalin mentioned in a press release.
Stalin claimed his occasion was on the forefront on the difficulty of reaching out to the SC neighborhood and slammed Bharathi’s arrest as “infantile, half-baked and misuse of authority.”
His occasion is not going to be cowed down by such antics, he added.
Hitting again at Stalin, Palaniswami mentioned Bharathi was arrested based mostly on a case filed by the police after an individual had filed a criticism, and mentioned neither he nor the federal government had something to do with it.
“This can be a deliberate marketing campaign by Stalin to realize political mileage which is condemnable,” he advised reporters at Salem, his native place.
As a substitute of making an attempt to flee duty by blaming others, Stalin ought to have reprimanded Bharathi for having made such remarks, he mentioned.
Indicating there was no corruption as was being made out by the DMK, he additional mentioned the matter was sub-judice.
On Stalin’s criticism on the federal government’s dealing with of the coronavirus scenario, he mentioned due to the dedication of well being staff, the state was higher positioned in tackling the unfold of the pandemic.
Stalin was not conscious of this, he mentioned, including that the state was main in variety of exams performed and labs, even because it was incomes accolades from medical professionals and people present process remedy for the virus.
(With PTI inputs)