Complaints against Rajini: Will police summon superstar?

The Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam (DVK) lodged a complaint with the Coimbatore police demanding action against actor Rajinikanth for his recent comments critical of rationalist leader Periyar.

Similar complaints have been filed with other police stations too against the superstar, amid speculations that he would be asked by the police to appear in person for an inquiry. But police sources said no such decision has been made yet.

The DVK complainants have also sought the registration of a first information report (FIR) under Section 153(A) of Indian Penal Code against the veteran actor.

“During the Thuglak function on January 14, he (Rajinikanth) had levelled false allegations, not even a tiny bit of which is true. He is only doing this to enter politics. He is trying to tease (disturb) the Dravidam and Periyar’s movements. Therefore, today we requested the city police to initiate action against him. If this is not done, then we will gherao his residence and not allow his movies to run in Tamil Nadu,” DVK leader Nehru Das said.

Nehru Das accused Rajinikanth of insulting Periyar in his speech at the 50th anniversary of Tamil magazine ‘Thuglak’ held in Chennai on January 14. In his address the actor spoke about how images of unclothed Lord Rama and Sita were allegedly displayed at a rally led by Periyar in Salem in 1971, according to the petition.

The petitioner demanded action under sections 153A (promoting enmity
between different groups) and 505 (Statements conducing public mischief)
of the IPC. Demanding a public apology from the actor, Nehrudass said faiiling which DVK members would stage protests across the State.

While attending the 50th anniversary of ‘Thuglak’, a Tamil language weekly news magazine started by political commentator Cho Ramaswamy, Rajinikanth had stirred controversy by saying that Periyar in 1971 had taken out a procession after garlanding the photos of Ram and Sita with slippers. The procession was taken out as part of a superstition eradication conference held in Salem, he said.