Chennai, Oct 13 (PTI) Tamil actor N Santhanam was today granted pre-arrest bail in connection with a case against him for allegedly assaulting a city-based builder.

Justice N Audhinathan, who granted the relief, said Santhanam can be released on bail in the event of arrest, on his executing a personal bond for Rs 25,000 with two sureties each for a like sum.

He should appear before the Valasaravakkam police station daily for two weeks, the judge added.

Earlier, the judge was informed that advocate Prem Anand, who was also allegedly attacked by the actor, was taking treatment in a private hospital.

According to the actor, he had given money for construction of a building to one Shanmugasundaram. But the latter neither started construction nor returned the money despite repeated reminders, he said.

On October 9, the man invited him for settlement talks.

When the talks were going on at the builder’s office, Shanmugasundaram and his associates attacked him and caused injuries to him, the actor alleged.

He said he lodged a complaint with the police against Shanmugasundaram and his associates.

Shanmugasundaram also filed a counter-complaint against the actor and the police registered a case under various IPC sections including 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means).

According to Shanmugasundaram’s complaint, he was attacked by Santhanam and threatened with dire consequences.

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