Hate speech lands PMK MLA ‘Kaduvetti’ Guru in jail - The New Indian Express

Hate speech lands PMK MLA ‘Kaduvetti’ Guru in jail

Published: 01st May 2013 07:37 AM

Last Updated: 01st May 2013 08:17 AM

Kancheepuram Police on Tuesday arrested Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) MLA ‘Kaduvetti’ J Guru on a warrant issued by a Kancheepuram court in a case relating to promoting enmity between different groups.

He was produced before the Chengalpet Mahila Court judge Kanchana at her official residence in Sri Nagar Colony in Saidapet around 10.15 pm on Tuesday. The judge remanded him in judicial custody till May 3 and directed the authorities to produced him before the trial court in Chengalpet on that day.

The warrant was issued in connection with a case filed following his hate speech in a public meeting in Panangattupakkam in Thazhambur village in Kancheepuram district on August 28, 2012.

Thazhambur Police booked a case under Section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 505(1)(b) (with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offence against the State or against the public tranquility) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and a charge sheet too was filed in a court.

The Court in Kancheepuram issued a warrant against the Jayankondam MLA who was picked up by Kancheepuram Police from the MLA quarters here in Chennai.After the arrest, the cops took him to Chengalpet by road to be produced before the Court there.

Kancheepuram SP S Xavier Dhanaraj confirmed to Express that the MLA was held in sequel to the warrant issued by a Chengalpet Court in Thazhambur case.

Sources said there was another case of hate speech pending against Guru registered by the Mamallapuram Police following his address during last year’s PMK youth festival during Chitra Pournami. During the speech, Guru, who is also the president of Vanniyar Sangam, called upon the PMK youth to slay the grooms from other communities who lured girls from the Vanniyar community for marriage. That case was also under trial in a Chengalpet court.

Meanwhile, outside the Chengalpet Mahila Court judge’s residence, Guru told reporters that he  never absconded and that the government had raked up an old case to arrest him. “I was never absconding. I organised the youth festival in Mamallapuram and even met UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav,” Guru added.

Following Guru’s arrest, 163 PMK cadre were arrested for blocking roads at Ambattur OT bus stand, Rajamangalam, Surapet and Manali Puthunagar

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