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HC dismisses plea against Rajini on Periyar row

HC dismisses plea against Rajini on Periyar row

Chennai, Jan 24 (UNI) The Madras High Court today dismissed

as withdrawn, a petition filed by Dravidar Viduthalai Kahzagam

seeking actin against actor Rajinikanth for his controversial

remarks against Rationalist leader Periyar.

When the petition came up for hearing, Justice P Rajamanickam

asked why the petitioner moved the court within 15 days after

lodging a complaint with the police seeking to register cases

against the actor.

He said the petitioner should have moved the court after giving

enough time for the police to act on the complaint.

When the Judge said listing the petition itself was wrong, the

petitioner agreed to withdraw the plea after which the court

dismissed it.

Terming Periyar as a tall leader and his social reform policies

were important, the court observed that his principles could

not be denied and the court could function only as per the rules.

Rajini, while speaking at the 50th anniversary of Thuglaq

magazine event, stoked a controversy saying in the 1971

rally against superstition taken out by Periyar in Salem,

unclothed idols of Lord Ram and Sita were taken and were

garlanded with chappals.

This triggered protest from pro-Periyarist organisations,

who have filed a case in the High court demanding action

against Rajini and also staging protests demanding an


However, the actor said he would neither express regret

nor apologise as he had spoken only what had appeared

in the media.

While various political parties condemned his remarks,

leaders of BJP supported his view, saying the actor had

spoken only what had happened.

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