Karunanidhi case adjourned in 10 seconds
The Madras High Court prorogued the criminal slander case against Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) supremo M Karunanidhi till 10 March. The ruling came after Karunanidhi appeared before the Madras High Court's Principal Sessions Judge for the maiden hearing. He was escorted by his son MK Stalin and daughter Kanimozhi. His request seeking exception from further personal visitations in court was also accepted.
Tamil weekly Anand Vikatan had published a satire under the title 'Mantri Thantri' on AIADMK's works on 21 November. A similar defamatory article was published in DMK's party newspaper 'Murasoli' during the same time. AIADMK chief filed the petition to take action against DMK supremo Karunanidhi and 'Murasoli' editor S. Selvam. Another petition against R Kannan, editor of Anand Vikatan was also filed.
Anand Vikatan, started in 1928, was a comic magazine, which had a political satire column 'Mantri Thantri'. The column was published successfully for 30 weeks until the article 'What has Jayalalithaa done so far?' (Nov 21) for which it has been facing defamatory charges.
After the defamation case was filed against the weekly, it was reported that police officials had intimidated the newspaper vendors from selling the copies and stopping the distribution in the districts. Alongside, the magazine's Facebook page was brought down and blocked for users. Although the ruling party had nullified these charges, the Vikatan group was strongly suspicious of the AIADMK cadres.
The Chennai court had directed Karunanidhi to appear on 18 January for his defamatory act of publishing a report on Jayalalithaa's work in his party paper. Karunanidhi passively accepted to the charges and confirmed his presence in court. Speaking on the charges, Karunanidhi stated that it was an attempt to threaten any work that was against the ruling AIADMK party.
Vikatan editor R Kannan stated that the magazine had published similar pieces against Karunanidhi but no such reactions had come. Unlike the DMK chief, he lashed out saying that he will continue speaking the 'truth' and wouldn't fear the legal threats. Speaking on the boycott, Kannan showed faith in his readers and said that their freedom of speech was being curtailed.
AIADMK head became successful in roping charges against Karunanidhi, who will now be tried in court for slander charges on 18 January. With the upcoming elections and her own legal charges, Jayalalithaa's case against Karunanidhi is being viewed as a move to destroy her opponents and their false propaganda. Jayalalithaa has also confidently claimed that her party will win massively against DMK.