On October 20, two days ahead of the release of "Kaththi," Sathyam Cinemas and Woodlands Theatre in the city came under attack from two unidentified groups of men. It was considered an act of protest against the release of the film which was allegedly coproduced by a production house having links with Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
On October 21, police arrested 12 men in connection with the attack on Sathyam Cinemas at Royapettah.
Advocate S Duraisamy and V Elangovan, representing the accused before the principal sessions judge N Authinathan, said they had been implicated only for political reasons. Pointing out that one of the arrested youth - Prabhakaran - was an engineering college student, Duraisamy said they were all young people having no bad antecedents.
Investigation into the violence was already over and the youths had already spent 14 days in jail, he said, adding that the value of the alleged damage to the theatre was Rs 50,000.
Principal sessions judge Authinathan, considering the arguments and noting that the entire incident had been captured in a CCTV installed on the theatre premises and hence probe into the case was substantially over, granted bail to all the 12 persons.
The judge directed them to execute a personal bond for Rs 5,000 each besides furnishing two sureties of the like sum each. He also asked each them to deposit Rs 2,000 before the XIII metropolitan magistrate court, which would be refunded to them after final orders are passed in the matter.
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