Chennai: The VII Metropolitan Magistrate Court, George Town, has directed superstar Rajinikanth to appear before the court on June 6 in connection with a defamation case filed against him by a Kollywood financier. The MM Court has reopened the matter following direction from Madras High Court in February this year.
Film financier S. Mukanchand Bothra, 55, had filed a defamation case against Rajinikanth in 2015 for his alleged statement that Bothra had attempted to extort money from him. The magistrate dismissed the petition as Bothra did not appear in court on the date of hearing.
Passing the order in February this year Justice M. V. Muralidharan had directed metropolitan magistrate to spare the actor’s personal appearance in court, except on days when hearings in the case take place. If the magistrate is taking cognizance of the complaint and issuing summons to Rajinikanth, his appearance is dispensed with, except on the hearings to be ordered by the magistrate.
While referring to a petition filed by Bothra against yesteryear Kollywood director Kathuriraja, father of actor Dhanush, Rajinikanth allegedly made derogatory statement against Bothra.When the matter came up before VII Metropolitan Magistrate, George Town, A Basheer, on Friday, the Judge directed Rajinikanth to appear before the court on June 6....