Ten others were also arrested in connection with this. A complaint filed by one Vinayakam alleged that the accused were found distributing the pamphlets outside a hall, where Palaniswami was holding a meeting with senior officials.
Salem (TN) : Sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran was on Monday booked and 10 of his supporters were held in connection with distribution of pamphlets allegedly containing defamatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami in Salem, reports PTI.
Former MLA Venkatachalam and local AIADMK functionary Saravanan were among the 10 arrested on the basis of a complaint filed by one Vinayakam, alleging that the accused were found distributing the pamphlets among the public outside a hall, where Palaniswami was holding a meeting with senior officials on Sunday.
The pamphlets contained “derogatory remarks” against the prime minister and the chief minister, the police said.
Dhinakaran and his loyalists P Vetrivel, one of the 18 AIADMK MLAs recently disqualified from the Tamil Nadu Assembly under the anti-defection law, and V Pugazhenthi have also been named as accused in the case, the police said.
This is the second case slapped against Dhinakaran, who is engaged in a tussle for power with Palaniswami, by the state police.
Earlier, the sidelined AIADMK leader, along with Tamil actor and party functionary Senthil, had been booked for allegedly making defamatory remarks against P Kumar, the party MP from Tiruchirappalli.
The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court had restrained the Tiruchirappalli police from arresting them. Responding to the latest case against him, Dhinakaran alleged that it was filed since his rival Palaniswami “is the police minister”.
“This government is anyway going to fall. They are doing such these things since he (Palaniswami) is the police minister…Let them do what they want. The AIADMK supporters and the people are going to send them home,” Dhinakaran told reporters in Chennai.
Sasikala likely to be out on parole
Chennai: V.K. Sasikala, who is currently in Bengaluru prison following her conviction in a disproportionate assets case, is likely to come out soon on parole to visit her ailing husband M. Natarajan, reports IANS.
She has applied for parole and might come out on Tuesday, her nephew and leader of one of the AIADMK factions T.T.V. Dinakaran told reporters in Chennai.
“We have applied for parole for our General Secretary. She might come out on parole tomorrow (Tuesday) most probably,” he said.
Dinakaran said advocates have sought for a 15-day parole but he was not sure how many days she would be granted leave. Asked about the health condition of Mr. Natarajan, who is awaiting a liver transplant in a hospital in Chennai, Dinakaran said he was “stable”.
A recent statement from Gleneagles Global Health City, where Natarajan is admitted, said he has a history of chronic liver disease and he has been receiving treatment for the last six months for his illness. He has been registered with the Tamil Nadu Organ Sharing (TNOS) waiting list for deceased donor liver transplantation.
“Currently, he is admitted at the Liver Intensive Care Unit with decompensated liver disease leading to liver failure, kidney failure and lung congestion”, it said, adding he is receiving dialysis and other intensive care therapies. Liver specialists headed by world renowned liver transplant surgeon Mohamed Rela are overseeing his case.