The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to actor politician and Makkal Needhi Maiyam leader Kamal Hasaan who feared arrest over his remark that independent India’s first terrorist was a Hindu and it was Mahatma Gandhi assassin Nathuram Godse.
Kamal, who tried to brazen out by saying that arresting him would only add to tension, approached the high court following registration of a case by the police in Arakurichi where he made this comment while campaigning for his candidate in an Assembly by-election. The police booked the case on the ground that his remark would promote communal hatred.
Justice P Pugalendhi granted pre-arrest bail on the ground that Kamal was leader of a registered political party and election process was underway, The judge also took into consideration his entire campaign speech. Kamal in his petition said that his remark was not against Hindus but only against Godse who himself in his book, Why I killed Gandhi, had said Gandhi acted against the interests of the Hindus and he was responsible for partition.
Kamal also said he believed in universal brotherhood and peaceful co-existence.
Aravakurichi police booked a case on the basis of complaints by Hindu Munnani members who said Kamal had made the “anti-Hindu” remark while campaigning in a Muslim dominated area to get minority vote for his party.