HC grants anticipatory bail to A R Murugadoss
The Madras High Court today granted anticipatory bail to director A R Murugadoss in connection with a case filed against him for controversial scenes in Vijay-starrer Sarkar.
When his petition fearing arrest came up for hearing, the court granted conditional anticipatory bail to the filmmaker and asked the police not to arrest him.
Last week, the Madras High Court stated that no action can be taken against Murugadoss based on an FIR registered by the Chennai Central Crime branch, regarding a complaint about his film Sarkar.
Justice Anand who gave this order further pointed out that in a democracy, people were allowed to comment on the government’s schemes.
An FIR was registered against the filmmaker on Monday last, based on a November 8 complaint by a man named Devarajan, who claimed that Murugadoss’s film Sarkar instigates violence. He was particularly critical of scenes in the film where the public were shown destroying freebies given by the government.
The police have registered an FIR under various sections of the IPC, including 153 (Wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 153A(1)(a) (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, language etc.).
Recently, the Ramana and Dheena maker has confirmed that his forthcoming films will be with superstar Rajinikanth and Vijay. He will be teaming up with the latter for the sequel of their 2012 hit venture Thupakki.
While confirming that he will be directing Rajinikanth’s new film, the director also clarified that unlike Sarkar, Rajinikanth’s film will not have a political flavour.
According to Murugadoss, his film with Rajinikanth will have fictional elements along with ingredients fans expect in a Superstar film.
On working with Vijay again after Thupakki, Kaththi and Sarkar, Murugadoss, while speaking at an awards function, said a sequel to their 2012 film will definitely be made.