A Madurai court has issued summons to Tamil filmstar Rajinikanth and others asking them to appear before it tomorrow in connection with a suit filed against his film “Linga” on the charge that its storyline had been stolen from another script writer.
The Additional District Munsiff Court Judge 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 directing them to appear on Tuesday.
The Judge said the Madras high court had last month directed him to complete the trial in the case within April 30 next and hence asked them to appear before his court tomorrow.
Passing orders on a petition by the film producer seeking transfer of the case to another court on grounds on 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.
The matter pertains to an allegation by plaintiff Ravi Rathinam of Madurai that his script was stolen by the makers of ‘Lingaa’.
He had moved the high court which in December, 2014 ordered the producer to deposit a sum of Rs 5 crore by demand draft and another Rs 5 crore by way of bank guarantee before releasing the movie.
The producer complied with the court order as he needed to release the movie immediately and appealed against it in the Supreme Court which on March 20, 2015, directed him to furnish only Rs 1 crore as bank guarantee and also ordered the trial court to dispose the suit within six months.