A Tirupur court on Tuesday issued arrest warrants against DMDK leader Vijayakanth and his wife Premalatha after they repeatedly failed to appear before it in a defamation case filed against them.
The non-bailable warrant for failing to appear before the court in connection with a defamation case filed by special public prosecutor for alleged derogatory speech against chief minister J Jayalalithaa during the party meeting held at Palladam in Tirupur on November 6, 2015.
Principal District Judge Alamelu Natarajan ordered the arrest warrants against the two as they failed to appear before the court for the past three hearings and did not turn up on Tuesday also.
Meanwhile, their lawyer Ragupathy participated in the lawyers strike and boycotted court. On Monday, the Indian Bar Council suspended a few lawyers from Tirupur. Following the suspension, Tirupur-based lawyers decided not to appear before court and thus Ragupathy failed to appear before court on behalf of the couple on Tuesday.
Public Prosecutor K N Subramaniam had filed the case against Vijayakanth and Premalatha for allegedly making defamatory remarks against Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at a public meeting in Palladam on November 6, 2015.
The public prosecutor mentioned in his petition that Vijayakant and his wife used derogatory words against chief minister J Jayalalithaa in the public meeting.
The court accepted the petition and ordered the couple to appear before the court on March 23, 2016. When the case came up for hearing, the couple did not appear before court.