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Madras High Court dismisses plea against Rajinikanth over Periyar remark

Prime News, National (Chennai), January 24:- In a relief to actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth, the Madras High Court on Friday (January 24) dismissed a petition filed against him over his controversial remarks on rationalist leader E V Ramasamy ‘Periyar’. Dismissing the case against the superstar, the court asked the petitioner why wasn’t the plea taken to a magistrate court first.

Justice P Rajamanickam was hearing a petition by the secretary of Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam, a fringe outfit, seeking direction to the police to file a case against the actor. State Public Prosecutor A Natarajan submitted the petitioner had approached the court without seeking the alternative remedy available to them.

Referring to a High Court judgment which clearly mentioned the procedures to be adopted for approaching the court, he said the petitioner had filed the complaint only on January 18 and without even waiting for the outcome directly approached (the court) for a direction to the police to register an FIR.

The Public Prosecutor further submitted there was no second thought that Periyar was a great leader and an icon of the Dravidian movement and said the actor spoke only on the basis of an article published in a magazine.

Anyhow action will be taken as per law, he added.

The judge asked the counsel for the petitioner if he would withdraw the petition.

After the counsel agreed to do so, the judge recorded the same and dismissed the plea.

In his plea, Umapathy, secretary of Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam, alleged that Rajinikanth had made false and fraudulent statements insulting the Dravidian stalwart and followers of Periyar while speaking at the golden jubilee celebrations of Tamil magazine ‘Thuglak’ here recently. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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