The Chief Metropolitan Court, Chennai has granted bail to the news editor of Tamil daily Dinamalar, B. Lenin on Friday. He was arrested on Wednesday for permitting the publication of a news item that hurt the sentiments of some female actors. The chief metropolitan magistrate granted Lenin unconditional bail after hearing his bail plea.
Lenin was arrested Wednesday evening from his office, and remanded in custody till Oct 21 on a complaint lodged by Nadigar Sangam, after Dinamalar Sunday published a news report with the names and photos of several leading lights of the Tamil cinema allegedly involved in prostitution.
The report was based on the statement given to police by actor Bhuvaneswari, who was arrested a day earlier for running a high-profile prostitution racket from her home. However, the daily paper published an unconditional 'regret' the following day. Not satisfied with it, the actors moved SIFAA which lodged a police complaint on the basis of which Lenin was arrested.
After his release, Lenin recalled the manner in which he was arrested. 'The police asked about my role in the paper. When I told them that I had cleared the report, they asked me to accompany them to the commissioner's office but I refused. I was grabbed by my shirt and was taken by the police from my work place,' he said.