Abduction case: HC grants bail to Sasikala's relative

Chennai: Madras High court on Monday granted bail to V Divakaran, a relative of Sasikala Natarajan, estranged aide of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, in an abduction and criminal intimidation case.

Granting the conditional bail, Justice M M Sundresh said custodial interrogation of Divakaran, who had already been in jail for 48 days, had been completed. Besides, co-accused in the case had been released either on bail or anticipatory bail.

The Judge directed Divakaran to record his presence daily before the investigating officer for four weeks.

According to Thiruthuraipoondi police, Divakaran and his men abducted one Saravanan and obtained Rs one lakh from him under coercion on September 9, 2011.Saravanan, however, lodged the complaint only on February 8, 2012.

Divakaran denied the allegations and said the case had been foisted on him with ulterior motives.