Periyar controversy: Plea against Rajinikanth dismissed

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A court in Chennai has dismissed a petition filed by the Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam, seeking a direction to the police to register a case against superstar Rajinikanth for having allegedly given a defamatory speech during an event marking the 50th anniversary of Thuglak magazine in January this year.

After hearing a recording of Rajinikanth’s speech during the event, Second Metropolitan Magistrate Roslyn Durai,  said, “He has stated what he thought was a fact about a rally held in Salem in 1971 by Periyar, and which according to him was also published in the Thuglak weekly magazine of that period.”

The Magistrate also returned an intervening petition as not maintainable. DVK Chennai district unit secretary Umapathy alleged in his plea that Rajinikanth’s speech had incited hatred between different groups and caused disturbance to public peace.

“According to the order, we can file a defamation suit against Rajinikanth under section 499 punishable under section 500 of IPC,” he said.

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