MADURAI: If DMDK leader Vijayakant is not arrested, it is likely that there would be breach of peace in the state, the police told the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court here on Monday. Filing a counter to the DMDK founder’s petition seeking anticipatory bail in a case registered against him by Thanjavur police for allegedly damaging a banner erected by the AIADMK.
The police claimed that Vijayakant instigated his cadre to damage the flex board and other properties worth Rs 42,000. The leader of the opposition had misused his freedom of speech, they said adding that if he is not arrested, he may not cooperate with the police for investigation.
Justice V M Velumani posted the hearing for February 4 after the government advocate sought time and the judge extended the stay on arresting him until then. Thanjavur East police had registered a case against Vijayakanth and a few of his supporters for allegedly damaging flex board carrying the picture of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa while they recently staged a protest there. The HC had on December 29 granted stay on his arrest after he moved the court for anticipatory bail.