Actor Suriya’s hard-hitting note in support with Students against NEET exams on Monday has now become Kollywood Vs the top judges.
The actor’s note calling out courts and governments, followed by the alleged suicide of three medical aspirants now turned into contempt of court while Justice SM Subramaniam of the Madras High Court wrote to Chief Justice AP Sahi, to initiate contempt proceedings against the actor.
Claiming that the note posted through Suriya’s social media accounts undermined the integrity of the judicial system, Justice SM Subramaniam urged the court to take against the South-India ace actor. While the note was posted in Tamil, the translated versions are making rounds on social media.
In his open letter, the actor said that the three deaths by suicide a day before the scheduled exam, due to the stress and anxiety of taking the test amid the pandemic had “shaken his conscience”.
Going to the translated version of Suriya’s letter judge SM Subramaniam quoted at the High Court, the actor blamed the Supreme Court for forcing students to write NEET amid a pandemic.
However, the judge’s translation from Tamil of the controversial part of Suriya’s statement is learnt to be incorrect in the copy circulated to the media. While Suriya’s statement appeared to be a matter of fact, the judge’s version added elements like “morale” and “while-so” which are not found in the actor’s statement.
Upon which, six former judges have asked the Madras High Court Chief Justice to take no action against Suriya. Despite that flare from the Tamil Nadu Advocates’ Association, social media came in Suriya’s support while #TNStandsWithSuriya is trending on Twitter. Industry biggies as well joined the campaign in support of the talented actor.