Deposit Rs. 10 crore for Lingaa release, court tells producer

  • IANS, Madurai
  • Updated: Dec 12, 2014 07:40 IST

The Madras high court bench on Thursday allowed the release of superstar Rajinikanth-starrer Lingaa on Friday on the condition that its producer Rockline Venkatesh deposit Rs. 10 crore in the court.

According to the order, Rs. 5 crore needs to be submitted in cash and the rest in bank guarantee by Friday noon to the court registrar.

Justice V Dhanapalan and Justice VM Velumani passed the order on a writ appeal filed by aspiring filmmaker KR Ravi Rathinam, who accused the makers of Lingaa of stealing his script.

Justice Dhanapalan said the order was passed as a pre-condition to release the film and protect the petitioner's right until he approaches the right forum.

Earlier, a single judge had dismissed the petitioner's petition and directed him to invoke criminal or civil proceedings.

Producer Rockline Venkatesh said he will 'abide by the court's decision'.

"The film will release globally tomorrow (Friday). There won't be any change in the release," Venkatesh said in an interview.

Lingaa, which also stars Sonakshi Sinha and Anushka Shetty in the lead, is the first Rajinikanth film to release on his birthday. The superstar will turn 63 on Friday.

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