South Indian Music director James Vasanthan arrested and jailed for 13 days

Famous music director and TV anchor, James Vasanthan, 51, was arrested on 4th August (Sunday) for his alleged derogatory remarks against his neighbour Radha Venuprasad, a 64 year old lady. He is now remanded in custody for 13 days and lodged at Puzhal prison.

Radha , a resident of Palavakkam, had submitted a case against James Vasanthan with Neelankarai police station accusing him of abusing her in foul language. Radha & James are neighbours living in adjacent plots at VGP Golden Seaview, Palavakkam.

The “Subramaniyauram “ fame musician had started construction of his house couple of years back in an adjacent plot. Radha, an Asthma patient had breathing problems because of the dust rising from the construction site. The neighbours who started their conversation by talking eventually ended up their conversation in verbal attack. James is a popular Indian television (Tamil) anchor and a film music composer. For more than a decade, he has worked as an anchor in various top popular Tamil satellite television channels.

Radha filed a complaint on 1st April 2011 of verbal abuse and attacking her with a flower pot. However, no action was taken at that time. She had mentioned that James Vasanthan who was driving his car, verbally abused her with swear words when the she stopped her car with a screech sound.

Owing to this dispute, the two used to have frequent altercations from time to time.
Against this backdrop, Radha has now filed a fresh complaint against him for abusing her with offensive swear words on Saturday morning. She urged the Police to take immediate action against him.

James Vasanthan was arrested under the sections, 294(b) for Obscene language, 341 (Punishment for wrongful restraint) and Section 4 of Tamil Nadu Prevention of Women Harassment Act of the Indian Penal Code.

James was produced before a court of judicial Magistrate in Alandur on Monday and magistrate Vidhya remanded him in custody without leave until a new hearing date on August 16. Its reported that James Vasanthan had sought anticipatory bail from the high court.

Music director James Vasanthan arrested and jailed for 13 days

Music director James Vasanthan arrested and jailed for 13 days

On the other hand, James denied all allegations made against him & said it was Radha who used swear words on him. He further accused the Police stating that they had acted promptly because the city Commissioner George and Radha , both hail from the same state- Kerala. Addressing the media, while he was whisked away by the police, James Vasanthan maintained that the case is a fabricated one and alleged that the lady had filed a false complaint.

Meanwhile, Pattali Makkal Katchi ‘s (PMK) chief Dr.Ramadoss has made a demand to the court to release the music director immediately.

Unfortunately, none of the co-musicians or cine fraternity from Kollywood have come forward to extend their support or register their opposition in this no Prima facie evidence case.

The music director said “It was Radha who abused me on Saturday morning, now I am amused how she  could go on to make to complaint against me . Though I have a good reputation in the society, I am being treated like a terrorist.Over 50 policemen arrived at my house to arrest me, they even manhandled me and my wife. I know the law will take its course. My conscience is clear. I trust in God above all.”

Sharanya Bharathwaj