Court grants anticipatory bail to Kamal Haasan

The Madurai bench of the Madras high court has granted conditional anticipatory bail to Makkal Needhi Maiam founder-president Kamal Haasan. The relief has been granted to him in connection with cases filed against the actor-politician after he spoke about 'Hindu terrorism' at an election rally. Kamal recently said he stands by his comment on Nathuram Godse and that he only reiterated what was there in history.

He said he was "not intimidated" by the backlash over his comment that Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse, "independent India's first extremist", was a Hindu. "Terrorists abound in all religions. Around history, you can list many people from many religions. I was talking in that term. I said every religion has their own terrorist. You cannot claim that we are sanctimonious," Kamal Haasan added.