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Case against Rajinikanth for ‘defaming’ Periyar

DVK chief Kolathur Mani said Rajinikanth uttered a “blatant lie that the images of Lord Ram and Sita were taken nude to a rally, which was held as part of a superstition eradication conference in 1971 in Salem”.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: January 18, 2020 9:49:23 am
Rajinikanth, complaint against Rajinikanth, police case against Rajinikanth, Rajinikanth on Periyar, defamation case against Rajinikanth, India news, Indian Express The complaint said Rajinikanth’s intention was to spread misinformation about Periyar with the intent to malign his reputation. (File Photo)

The Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam (DVK) party has accused Rajinikanth of defaming social reformer E V Ramasamy ‘Periyar’ during a recent speech and has filed a police complaint against the actor.

DVK chief Kolathur Mani said Rajinikanth uttered a “blatant lie that the images of Lord Ram and Sita were taken nude to a rally, which was held as part of a superstition eradication conference in 1971 in Salem”.

According to the complaint before the Coimbatore Commissioner of Police, DVK sought action against Rajinikanth under IPC Sections 153 (a) (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc.) and 505 (Statements conducing to public mischief). The complaint said Rajinikanth’s intention was to spread misinformation about Periyar with the intent to malign his reputation.

“If the government does not take action, we may be constrained to look into aspects including launching a campaign against Rajinikanth, his films, or we could hold protests in front of movie halls that screen his movies,” Mani said.

On January 14, Rajinikanth, addressing the 50th anniversary-cum-readers’ connect event of Tamil magazine Thuglak, had claimed that Periyar had taken out a rally with undressed images of Lord Ram and Sita, and that no news outlet barring Thuglak – then edited by Cho Ramaswamy – had published the same.

Meanwhile, a source close to the actor said Rajinikanth, through his speech, had no intention to hurt anyone. “There was no need to ridicule one to glorify another. Usually he is careful in borrowing ideas for a public speech. There was pressure on him to make political statements at the function. But he refused to do that. He attended the function for his gratitude for Cho,” the source said.

The DVK is a splinter group of the Dravidar Kazhagam party formed by the late Periyar.

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