Actor Santhanam applies for anticipatory bail in Madras high court

Santhanam has sought anticipatory bail in a case filed against him by a builder, who has alleged that the actor attacked and threatened him.

Manigandan KR

Actor Santhanam, who has risen to the level of being a bankable star in the Tamil film industry, has filed a plea seeking anticipatory bail from the Madras high court.

The actor filed the anticipatory bail plea after a builder identified as Shanmughasundaram filed a police complaint against the actor, alleging that the comedian-turned-hero had threatened and attacked him. Santhanam, in his anticipatory bail plea, has claimed that case filed by the builder against him is false.

Industry sources say that it all began with Santhanam wanting to build a mall at Kunrathur. He, therefore, engaged Shanmughasundaram, a builder who is also believed to be a lawyer, to build the mall. However, sources close to Santhanam say that work on the project never began. This compelled Santhanam to demand the money he had paid Shanmughasundaram. 

When the two met to discuss the issue and settle it, there was disagreement, which eventually resulted in a situation where physical blows were exchanged.

As a result, both have filed complaints against each other. While Shanmughasundaram's police complaint resulted in a case against Santhanam being filed under Sections 294(b), 324 and 506 (i), Santhanam's complaint against Shanmughasundaram has resulted in a case being filed under Sections 294 (b) and 506(i) against the latter.

In the meanwhile, Santhanam has, in his anticipatory bail plea, claimed that Shanmughasundaram had filed a case to escape from his liability and to harrass and humiliate him. Claiming that the case lodged by Shanmughasundaram was false, Santhanam pointed out that he was a law abiding citizen and that he was willing to provide substantial sureties for his release.