Court dismisses plea against Rajini for comments on EVR’s rally

A court in Chennai on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed against actor Rajinikanth over his remarks on a rally conducted rationalist leader E V Ramasamy ‘Periyar‘.

On the 50th anniversary event of Tamil magazine Thuglak, Rajinikanth had reportedly said on January 14 that at a rally in 1971 led by EVR, idols of Lord Ram and Sita were insulted.

Rajinikanth refused to apologise for his remarks on Periyar saying that the comments were based on reports that have already appeared in the media.

The petitioner R Umapathy, who is DVK’s Chennai district secretary, alleged that Rajinikanth had made false and fraudulent statements insulting the Dravidian stalwart and followers of Periyar.

He said that “Rajinikanth made false and fraudulent statements insulting Dravidian ideologists and the followers of Thanthai Periyar with an intention to provoke breach of public peace by promoting enmity and hatred among the people of Tamil Nadu in the name of religion.”

Second Metropolitan Magistrate Roslyn Durai said, “He (Rajinikanth) has stated what he thought was a fact about a rally held in Salem in 1971 by Periyar, and which according to him was also published in the Thuglak weekly magazine of that period.”

Alleging that his speech had incited hatred between different groups and caused disturbance to public peace, DVK Chennai district unit secretary Umapathy lodged a complaint. As the police did not act on his complaint, he preferred a petition to II Metropolitan Magistrate Court, Egmore.