Madras HC quashes defamation case against Tamil actors

Tamil actors

CHENNAI: Offering a big relief to seven Tamil film actors and a director who was facing a defamation suit, the Madras high court on Wednesday quashed an eight-year-old case in which non-bailable arrest warrants were issued by a court in the Nilgiris district in May this year.

Actors Suriya, Sarathkumar, Sathyaraj, Sripriya, Vijaykumar, Vivek and Arun Vijay and actor-cum-director Cheran are the eight film personalities who were facing the defamation case.

justice M V Muralidharan of the Madras high court quashed it on Wednesday saying no useful purpose would be served by continuing the prosecution. It also referred to the fact that the Madurai bench of the high court had already quashed similar cases against the actors.

It all started in 2009 with the arrest of actor Bhuvaneswari by the anti-vice squad police in Chennai. Tamil daily Dinamalar then carried an article naming actors involved in prostitution and even mentioning their price tag, outraging the entire film fraternity, including superstar Rajinikanth.

At a protest meeting organised by the actors association, several actors delivered vitriolic speeches against journalists, objecting to which freelance journalist M Rozario filed a defamation case against the eight film personalities.On May 15, when the matter came up in a court at Gudalur, none of the actors appeared. It resulted in the magistrate issuing a non-bailable arrest warrant against all of them.

The actors rushed to Madras high court which stayed the operation of the warrants.On Wednesday, the case was quashed.

Source: Times Of India



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