In a major setback to Tamil Nadu BJP president Tamilisai Soundararajan, a court in the state has directed the police to file an FIR against her and her party cadre for threatening and abusing 28-year-old research scholar Lois Sofia. The order comes more than a month after Sofia was arrested from Tuticorin airport on September 3, on a complaint by Soundararajan that she had shouted anti-BJP slogans aboard a flight.
Sofia, who was arrested under Section 75 of the Tamil Nadu City Police (TNCP) Act, 1888 and sent to judicial custody for 15 days, however, was granted an unconditional bail by Magistrate S Tamilselvi, a day later.
The Thoothukudi district court order came after Sofia’s father, A A Samy, filed a complaint against the BJP president for allegedly verbally abusing his daughter. As police refused to file a case, Samy approached the court.