Karunanidhi to appear before Madras HC in criminal defamation case

Karunanidhi to appear before Madras HC in criminal defamation case
M. Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and leader of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party, speaks during a meeting at party headquarters in Chennai March 8, 2011. India's Congress party and a key ally appeared closer to a deal on Tuesday to keep the ruling coalition with a parliamentary majority after threats to quit the government sparked worries of instability in Asia's third-largest economy. REUTERS/Babu (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS)

New Delhi: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M. Karunanidhi will appear before the Madras High Court’s Principal Sessions Judge on Monday in connection with a criminal defamation case filed against him by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Security has been beefed up around the court as the 91-year-old DMK leader had confirmed in a statement about his appearance at the court around 10 a.m.

Principal Sessions Judge M. Athinathan had last month asked Karunanidhi and editor Selvam of DMK’s mouthpiece ‘Murasoli’ to appear before the court on January 18, while hearing criminal defamation cases filed against them by the State government.

The City Public Prosecutor had alleged that Karunanidhi wrote an article in ‘Murasoli’ about the AIA DMK government’s performance in the last four years, which per se was defamatory. (ANI)