A court on March 9 adjourned till the March 10 the hearing on a plea by a plaintiff who alleged that the script of Rajinikanth-starrer ‘Lingaa’ was his story and copied by the producer and sought a direction to the filmmakers to produce the original script in the trial court.
Additional District Munsiff Court Judge Vishwanath posted the hearing for March 10 to enable the counsel for the film producers and others to file their counter.
Earlier, the ADM court had issued summons to Rajinikanth and others asking them to appear before it on March 8 in connection with a suit filed against his film “Linga” on the charge that its storyline had been stolen from another script writer.
It had also summoned K R Ravirathinam (plaintiff), film producer Rockline Venkatesh, B Ponkumar, Director K S Ravikumar and the General Secretary of South Indian Film Writers Association.
The petitioner, K R Ravi Rathinam’s counsel and counsel for the four defendants, including Rajinikanth and film producer ‘Rockline’ Venkatesh, appeared in the court on March 8.
Ravi Rathinam’s advocate filed a petition demanding that the original script be produced by the filmmakers so that it could be compared with his script.
Counsel for the film producers requested the court to give time for filing the counter on the petitioner’s plea to file the script in the court.
The Additional District Munsiff Court Judge had adjourned the hearing to March 9.
Ravi Rathinam had approached the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court prior to the release of the movie in December 2014.
He had alleged that the ‘Lingaa’ team had stolen the script he had prepared for a movie,’ Mullai Vanam 999.’
Passing orders on a petition by the film producer seeking transfer of the case to another court on grounds of prolonged delay in the trial, Justice V M Velumani of the High Court had directed the Munsiff court to conclude the case within April 30.