Supreme Court clears decks for Kaala, Rajini says he did nothing wrong

Supreme Court clears decks for Kaala, Rajini says he did nothing wrong

The Supreme Court today refused to stall the release of Superstar Rajinikanth’s Kaala, which is scheduled to hit theatres tomorrow.

A vacation bench comprising Justices A K Goel and Ashok Bhushan refused to entertain a plea by K S Rajashekaran, who sought an injunction against release of the movie.

“You want an injunction against the release of the movie. Everybody is waiting for the film to be released,” it said.

The petitioner has claimed that his copyright-protected work related to story scenes and songs were used by the producer of the movie without prior permission.

Kaala is scheduled for a worldwide release on June 7, but the Karnataka Film Chambers of Commerce (KFCC) had said the film would neither be distributed nor screened in the state due to Rajinikanth’s alleged views on the Cauvery dispute, demanding release of water to Tamil Nadu as per Supreme Court direction.

Meanwhile, Rajinikanth, today appealed to Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to provide security at theatres that wished to screen the film as it releases nationwide tomorrow. He also said he did not wrong in Cauvery issue.

The development comes after Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, in a controversial statement, said that makers of the movie should avoid releasing it in the state “considering the situation”.