Madras High Court grants anticipatory bail to Kamal Haasan over Godse remark

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The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to actor turned politician and Makkal Needi Maiam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan in the case filed against him for his comment on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse.

Campaigning for his party MNM’s candidate in the bye-election for the Aravakuruchi Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu last week, Haasan had said that the first extremist of independent India was a Hindu in a reference to Nathuram Godse.

His comment created a huge row nationwide and police complaints were filed in Aravakuruchi against Haasan.

On May 17, Haasan defended his remarks by saying ‘terrorists abound in all religions’.

He said, “every religion has its own terrorists and we cannot claim that we are sanctimonious. History shows you that all religions have their extremists,” adding to it he said that his focus on Sunday’s campaign speech was on maintaining harmony.”