The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court granted bail to advocate Vanchinathan, who was arrested by the police on the charge of spearheading the anti-Sterlite protests.
Justice G. R. Swaminathan while granting bail directed him to stay in Madurai till a final order was made in the case.
The court also restrained him from addressing anything related to the anti-Sterlite protests.
Vanchinathan should appear before the respondent police whenever summoned, the court said.
The court taking into cognisance that he was implicated in as many as nine cases, said that the bail would apply even if he was implicated in further cases, subsequent to the court’s direction.
Vanchinathan, in his petition, said that he took part in the agitations against Sterlite Copper as a human rights activist.
He said that he was only offering legal aid to the people of Thoothukudi and was not involved in any violent activities during the protests as alleged by the prosecution.
The Thoothukudi police had booked cases against him under Sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 3 of the Tamil Nadu Public Property (Prevention of Damage and Loss) Act, 1992.
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