Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Rajya Sabha MP RS Bharathi was arrested early on Saturday for alleged derogatory remarks he made in February against judges from the Dalit community, News18 reported. Bharathi, who is the DMK organisational secretary, was arrested from his residence in Chennai’s Nanganallur area.
The police filed a case against Bharathi under the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
On February 15, Bharathi spoke at a Kalaignar Readers’ Circle event at Anbagam, the DMK Youth Wing headquarters in Chennai. During his speech, he claimed that Dalits were appointed High Court judges in Tamil Nadu because of the “alms” given by the Dravidian movement.