The cybercrime cell of Chennai police on Wednesday alerted all major airports in the country to detain the Tamil star Silambarasan alias Simbu in connection with the controversial ‘Beep song’ allegedly containing vulgar lyrics denigrating women. Cyber crime officers said there were chances the actor would try to flee the country due to the controversy
Allegedly composed by music director Anirudh Ravichander, 25, of Kolaveri di fame, the song is said to contain sexual innuendo, which the composers beeped out in portions. This step was taken after Simbu and Anirudh didn’t present themselves to the Coimbatore or Chennai police despite summons. Anirudh is at present in Canada.
The Coimbatore Race Course police had registered case against the actor and the composer following a complaint from the Coimbatore unit of All India Democratic Women’s Association on December 12. The Race Course police also registered similar cases against them and issued summons to both asking them to appear before it on January 2 for inquiry, on a private complaint from one Ponnusamy.
The Madras High Court had on Tuesday declined to grant any relief, including interim stay on police summons or interim anticipatory bail, to Simbu. Justice B Rajendran, before whom the advance bail petition filed by the actor came up, directed the Coimbatore police to extend the date of personal appearance of the actor before January 2 to January 5 when the court reopens after Christmas-New Year holidays.
Submitting that mischief was played by someone without Simbu’s knowledge, senior counsel R Muthukumarswamy for the actor said arrest and custodial interrogation were not necessary. The prosecution, however, said the impact of the song was not confined only to the city or the state but across the country.
Meanwhile, Women Lawyers Association opposed anticipatory bail to the actor.