Former Tamil Nadu Minister and AIADMK leader M Manikandan was arrested on Sunday in Bengaluru by the Chennai city police on charges of rape and forced abortion.
Confirming the development, Tamil Nadu Police said, "He was evading arrest after Madras High Court had refused him anticipatory bail."
A 36-year-old Malaysian woman, who is also a tamil actor, had complained that Manikandan had promised to marry her and was in a relationship with her for five years and had even forced her to abort.
Police had registered a case against the former minister for cheating, rape, causing miscarriage, hurt and criminal intimidation under the Indian Penal Code. Manikandan was also charged under 67(a) of the Information Technology Act that relates to publishing sexually explicit acts online.