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By L. Renganathan
The DMK president, M. Karunanidhi's son, M. K. Azhagiri, who was granted conditional bail by the Madras High Court in the Kiruttinan murder case on Monday, coming out of the Tiruchi Central Prison on Tuesday. To his right is his brother, M. K. Stalin.
Immediately after release, Mr. Azhagiri claimed that the case against him was ``foisted'' and that he was treated shabbily during his incarceration. ``I feared that what happened to Mullaivendan (former minister, who was assaulted in the Salem prison) might befall me as well,'' he told waiting mediapersons.
Mr. Azhagiri said the jail officials probably ``did not know about Class A facilities'', and he had to suffer a lot without even a fan for over a month and a half.
`They simply talked a lot,'' he said when he was asked about the treatment inside the prison. It was because of the musty chicken that was served that his health suffered some time back.
He was ``not even provided adequate treatment''.
Earlier, Mr. Azhagiri's advocates submitted the bail bond, issued by Judicial Magistrate VI, Madurai, to the prison authorities.
Mr. Azhagiri's brother and DMK deputy general secretary, M.K. Stalin; mother, Dayalu Ammal, wife, Kanthi, and some other relatives were at hand to greet him.
The MLAs, B. Bharanikumar and Anbil Periasamy; the former ministers, K.N. Nehru, K. Ponmudi and Pon. Muthuramalingam, as also the Madurai Mayor, C. Ramachandran, were among those who came to welcome Mr. Azhagiri.
His supporters from Madurai and other southern districts had come in large numbers.
Party sources said Mr. Azhagiri was headed for Bangalore as per the bail obligations.
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