No need for Rajinikanth to appear: Madras High court

HC issues directive to Magistrate in defamation case against matinee idol

Published: 06th February 2018 03:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th February 2018 05:54 AM   |  A+A-

Madras High Court (File | EPS)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Monday directed the VIII Metropolitan Magistrate to dispense with the appearance of superstar Rajinikanth  except on the dates when the hearings are to be ordered by the Magistrate. The court pronounced the order in  the defamation case that was filed against Rajinikanth for his alleged statement that film financier S Mukanchand Bothra of Sowcarpet was attempting to extort money from him.

The Magistrate dismissed the petition on April 12, 2017, as Bothra did not appear before him on the hearing dates. Hence, the present revision petition  was filed by Bothra. Allowing the petition, Justice MV Muralidharan said it was his absolute view that the Magistrate has not followed the procedure as per Section 203 of Cr.P.C. The judge said that since  the Magistrate recorded the sworn statement on September 21, 2015, he should take further course of action by directing Bothra to produce the witnesses and thereafter should have passed appropriate orders about the complaint either to take cognizance or reject it.

The judge in his order said  if the Magistrate is taking cognizance of the complaint and issue summons to Rajinikanth, his appearance is dispensed with, except on the hearings to be ordered by the Magistrate.
The Judge directed VIII Metropolitan Magistrate, George Town, to follow the procedure under Section 203 of Cr.P.C. and thereafter to pass appropriate orders in the unnumbered criminal complaint filed by the financier in 2015 and further directed that the said exercise shall be done within a period of eight weeks from the date of receipt of a copy of the order. The Judge also ordered Bothra to give his fullest co-operation for early orders to be passed by the Magistrate within a period stipulated by the High Court.

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