The Madras High Court on Saturday refused to cancel the May 23 grant of interim bail by the Principal Sessions Court to DMK organising secretary R.S. Bharathi, also a Rajya Sabha member, who was arrested under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act of 1989.
Bharathi, a well known leader, made disrespectful remarks on members of oppressed class stating that the appointment of Justice A.Varadharajan, who belongs to lower caste and other 7 or 8 appointments of lower caste judges to High Court were alms rendered by former Chief Minister before the gathering of more than 100 people.
Justice M. Nirmal Kumar rejected the request of the Central Crime Branch of the state police to cancel the interim bail granted till May 31 considering that the family members of the accused are doctors and accordingly, if he is lodged in prison, there was risk of making the other inmates susceptible to COVID.
The judge also allowed the plea of the MP in directing the Principal Sessions Court to consider grant of regular bail to him right on the day when he chooses to surrender before the court.
The Single Bench expressed that the speech disrespects Justice A.Varadharajan who is held in high esteem by members of the schedule caste and scheduled tribe who is an inspiration to thousand of lawyers belonging to the lower caste. This speech was made by the petitioner to bring publicity for his leader. According to the accused, the members belonging to the oppressed class are being appointed to such a position not because of their merit but because of charity made by the political leaders and thus insulted and humiliated the S.C./S.T. People. This meeting was telecasted in most of the Television and online channels. The statements are deeply disrespectful which attracts the offences under Section 3 (u) and 3(v) of the atrocities Act, 1989.