Tamil Nadu former IT minister M Manikandan, wanted on rape charge, arrested in Bengaluru | Chennai News – Times of India

CHENNAI/BENGALURU: Former IT minister M Manikandan of the AIADMK, wanted on a rape charge, was picked up from a villa near Anekal town, on the outskirts of Bengaluru, by the Chennai police early on Sunday.
An actor from Malaysia had filed a police complaint with the Chennai police accusing Manikandan of rape and of going back on his promise to marry her. The actress said she met Manikandan in 2017 when he was minister and got close to him after he promised to join her in business ventures in Malaysia. She accompanied him to several places during his official tours. She alleged that she was tortured and forced to abort after becoming pregnant by him.
Police booked him under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including rape, causing miscarriage and cheating. Manikandam went missing about 10 days ago after the Madras high court refused to give him anticipatory bail in the case.
Early on Sunday, the Tamil Nadu police zeroed in on his friend’s villa in Thammanayakanahalli village near Anekal town,following a tip-off and arrested Manikandan.
He was brought to Chennai and produced before the 17th metropolitan magistrate court in Saidapet and remanded in judicial custody.
Adyar all-women police had registered a case against the former Ramanathapuram MLA and his friend Barani, after the actor submitted a petition at the city police Commissionerate.
Police sources said that with the help of a quarry owner in Tirunelveli, Manikandan was staying in the villa near Bengaluru for eight days. “He made calls only using WhatsApp to avoid detection,” said a police officer.
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme court directives on cases related to sexual assault)

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