Defamation case against Baahubali’s Sathyaraj, Suriya and others quashed
Madras high court on Wednesday dropped the 2009 defamation case against actors Suriya, Sathyaraj and others over remarks made against popular Tamil magazine.Updated: Jul 31, 2017 15:45 IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai
The Madras high court on Wednesday quashed a 2009 defamation case against actors Suriya, Sathyaraj, Sarath Kumar, Sripriya, Vijayakumar, Vivek, Arun Vijay and Cheran, over remarks made against popular Tamil magazine. Justice MV Muralidharan by referring to similar cases that had been dropped in the past ruled that no purpose would be served by continuing the prosecution.
In 2009, when actor Bhuvaneshwari was arrested on prostitution charges by the Tamil Nadu police, she had revealed names of other actors who were involved in the racket. Several reports were written based on Bhuvaneshwari’s statement and it had irked some members of Tamil filmdom.
Following extensive media coverage on Bhuvaneshwari’s statement, while tarnishing the image of few actors, the aforementioned eight stars insulted journalists who wrote the article in a Nadigar Sangam meeting. Following upsetting remarks made by these actors, journalist Rozario Mariya Susai filed a private complaint against the eight actors. The court case was heard at the Ooty court, in the absence of the eight actors. Since this was the second occasion on which the actors had failed to appear before the case, a warrant was issued. In May, non-bailable arrest warrants were issued against the actors for failing to show up at a court hearing.
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First Published: Jul 13, 2017 14:12 IST