In a case of a complainant turning an accused, the police on Friday arrested Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) zonal president Ramanathan on charge of filing false complaint.
The police said that on September 25 late night, Ramanathan preferred a complaint stating that miscreants had hurled a petrol bomb at his house in Vadavalli.
Vadavalli Police Inspector L. Baskar said that forensic examination of the scene revealed that the bottle was not hurled at the house from a distance.
In addition, the complainant gave contradicting versions.
In the wake of attacks on leaders of Hindu organisations at Vellore and Salem, the police had provided Ramanathan with a personal security officer armed with a firearm from July 30.
On September 25, Ramanathan relieved the personal security officer around 9pm. Investigations revealed that Ramanathan enacted a drama to create tension.
The police arrested him under sections 182 (false information with intent to cause public servant to use his lawful power to the injury of another person), 192 (fabricating false evidence), 153 A (inciting or promoting animosity or enmity between two groups).
Ramanathan was produced before the Judicial Magistrate VI and was remanded in judicial custody till October 18.