Court Grants Anticipatory Bail To Kamal Haasan

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Chennai: The Madras High Court on Monday granted actor-turned politician Kamal Haasan protection from arrest after cases were filed against him over “Godse extremist” remark.

Amid controversy over his comments, he told the high court that his comments “did not incite hatred”. “My speech focused on co-existence, and did not incite hatred. The comments on Nathuram Godse are a historical fact,” he told the high court.

Extending his statement, he also said “parts of his speech were misquoted”.

Kamal Haasan, during his campaign in Tamil Nadu’s Aravakurichi about a week ago, had said that “India’s first extremist was a Hindu”. He was referring to Nathuram Godse who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi in 1947.

The state government, opposing the protection of arrest to the actor-politician, said 76 complaints have been received against him.

At least two police complaints were filed against Kamal Haasan. In the complaints, he was accused of “promoting enmity between different groups”. The BJP and the ruling AIADMK said he was trying to “incite communal hatred in a Muslim-dominant area”.