Stalin's son granted anticipatory bail



Chennai: Udayanidhi Stalin, son of DMK leader M K Stalin, who apprehended arrest in a land grabbing case, was on Wednesday granted anticipatory bail by the Madras High Court.

There may not be any likelihood to tamper with evidence or hamper witnesses, Justice S Palanivelu said while granting the bail and directed Udayanidhi Stalin to furnish a personal bond for Rs 10,000 with two sureties for like amounts.

The Judge directed him to appear before the city police every day at 10.00AM and thereafter if and when required.

The Judge also granted anticipatory bail to Rajasankar, an associate of Stalin.

In his application for bail, Udayanidhi, grandson of DMK President M Karunanidhi, claimed that the complainant, N S Seshadri Kumar "acting maliciously using all illegal means," had involved him in land grabbing of property to an extent of six grounds (one ground equals to about 2400 sq feet).

Alleging that the announcement by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on setting up police cells to tackle land grabbing cases and courts had paved the way for Kumar to "prefer the false complaint in a malafide manner," Udayanidhi claimed that he was innocent and that the police without verifying the veracity of the complaint had registered a case.

He said he was in no way connected with the land except that he was a tenant and had rented the property as it was near his father's residence.

Police have registered a FIR against Udayanidhi, his father and four others following the complaint.

PTI