Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK Chief, has filed a defamation petition against an online news portal on Tuesday. The petition was filed after rediff.com published a false article on her health condition.
M.L. Jegan, City Public Prosecutor has filed the petition on behalf of the CM in the Principal Session Court, Chennai. The petition was filed against four people including Ajith Balakrishnan, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Rediff, Nikil Lakshman, Editor-in-Chief, Abhishek Mande, Senior Associated Editor and R. Ramasubramanian, reporter.
According to the lawsuit, Rediff.com prominently known for its email services published an article on 10 July with the title “Chennai media knew Jaya’s health was not fine but kept mum”. After reading the news, Tamil Nadu CM found it malicious and an attempt to defame her and harm her reputation. With case taken to court of law, Jaya wants the culprits to get punished under section 500 of the IPC