Vijayakanth, Premalatha move HC for quashing defamation cases

Vijayakanth, Premalatha move HC for quashing defamation cases

DMDK founder leader Vijayakanth and his wife Premalatha have moved the Madras High Court seeking to quash criminal defamation cases filed against them by the public prosecutor in different courts in Tamil Nadu.

They said in the petition, filed pursuant to the Supreme Court direction asking them to approach the high court for remedy. Justice P N Prakash, before whom the matter came up for admission, has posted the matter to Thursday asking the couple to furnish the original copies of their petitions and complaints filed before different courts.

From time to time, Tamil Nadu government filed several defamation complaints against Vijayakanth and Premalatha for their speeches and statements.

Like several other people before him, Vijayakanth too approached the Supreme Court to quash Section 499 of CrPC and 199 of IPC. On May 13, closing a big batch of cases, the apex court upheld the constitutional validity of criminal defamation and asked Vijayakanth and Subramanian Swamy, among others, to approach the respective high courts for remedy with regard to pending complaints and summonses.

They contended that in the absence of criminal intention, a mere speaking and sharing or exposing of truth bonafidely in public by a citizen or by a opponent political leader against government official or another citizen does not constitute any offence.

Justice P N Prakash, before whom the petitions came up for hearing, adjourned the matter to August 4.