Ex-Indian minister held for allegedly raping M’sian


Compiled by TAN SIN CHOW, JO TIMBUONG and R. ARAVINTHAN

A FORMER Tamil Nadu minister has been arrested for allegedly raping a Malaysian actress, forcing her to have abortions, reported Makkal Osai.

Dr M. Manikandan was the second youngest minister in the state when he was appointed for the information technology portfolio in 2016 under J. Jeyalalithaa.

The already married Manikandan was introduced to Shantini Theva under the pretext of making an investment in Malaysia and eventually began an affair with her after promising to marry her.

Shantini, who appeared in films such as Nadodigal and 2G Spectrum, lodged a police report at the Adyar All-Woman Police Station claiming he also tortured her and threatened her family in Malaysia if she refused to have abortions.

She is understood to have become pregnant three times during their five-year affair.

He also threatened to release intimate images and videos of her online, the report alleged.

Manikandan ran off to neighbouring Karnataka after his advance bail was rejected by the Madras High Court.

Manikandan, who denied all the allegations against him, was arrested in Bangalore by a special police team.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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