Chennai: Madras High Court today granted
anticipatory bail to Editor of Tamil bi-weekly `Nakkheeran` R
Gopal, who apprehended arrest for publishing an alleged
derogatory and defamatory article in the magazine about Tamil
Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.
Justice M M Sundresh granted the relief while passing
orders on the petition filed by Gopal.
Gopal had moved the court for anticipatory bail saying a
total of 24 FIRs had been registered against him at different
places in connection with the article which mentioned about
eating habits of Jayalalithaa.
During arguments yesterday, Public Prosecutor I Subramanian
had strongly opposed grant of anticipatory bail to Gopal
saying the article was `absolutely scurrilous` and the Editor
had violated an earlier high court order relating to
publication of personal matter of Jayalalithaa.
AIADMK workers had attacked the office of the magazine here
on January 7 protesting the publishing of the article.