NBWs against eight Tamil actors, including Surya, Sathyaraj

A complaint was filed by a freelance journalist alleging that some actors made derogatory speeches against journalists. This story had come under severe criticism as it projected the Tamil film industry in a bad light.

A court in Ooty issued a non-bailable arrest warrant on Tuesday against eight Tamil actors including Suriya, Sarathkumar and Sathyaraj for failing to appear for a summons.

On October 7, 2009, the South India Cine Actors' Association (Nadigar Sangam) held a meeting in Chennai to condemn a Tamil daily for publishing an article which allegedly tarnished the image of actresses.

A defamation case was filed by a freelance journalist in 2009 against actors comments during a Nadigar Sangam protest meet.

Earlier, Dinamalar editor Lenin was arrested for carrying a story claiming an actress was involved in prostitution. Judicial Magistrate Senthilkumar Rajavel issued a non-bailable warrant against the stars. Following strong protest from the film fraternity, the daily had retracted its report and issued an apology.

Mr. Rozario filed a private complaint under section 200 of the Code for Criminal Procedure, urging the court to register a case against the actors for defamation.

As the case came for trial before the Ooty Magistrate court, the actors moved the Madras High Court with a petition to quash the case. However, this petition was dismissed by the High Court in March, after which the trial resumed. When the case came up for hearing on May 15, the actors failed to appear.

After issuing the warrants, the court slated the matter for next hearing on June 17.

  • Salvatore Jensen