Days after the Rajinikanth refused to take back his remarks and issue an apology against rationalist leader E V Ramasamy ‘Periyar’, Madras High Court on Friday dismissed a petition filed against the Kollywood superstar. Questioning the petitioner of why wasn’t the plea taken to a magistrate court first, Justice P Rajamanickam who was hearing the petition by Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam, dismissed the case as the petitioner admitted to withdrawing the plea. This has come to the relief to Rajini who has been drawing sharp criticism over his remarks.
Into details, the row picked up with Rajinikanth’s comment about a rally led by reformist leader EV Ramasamy ‘Periyar’ decades ago. Speaking at the 50th-anniversary event of ‘Thuglak’ magazine, founded by political commentator Cho Ramaswamy Rajinikanth said – “In 1971, Periyar led an anti-superstition procession in Salem, parading the portraits of Sri Ramachandramoorthy (Ram) and Sita, without dress and slipper garlands.”
The comments drew a wave of criticism while Dravidian outfits demanded an immediate apology. On the same, Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam (DVK) moved the Madras High Court on Tuesday seeking a direction to the police to register a case against the actor. However, the row came to end of sorts with the petitioner agreeing to withdraw the plea, it was dismissed as withdrawn.