Chennai: Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and DMK chief M Karunanidhi, on Monday appeared before a Chennai court in a criminal defamation case initiated against him by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. The case has been adjourned till March 10.
The wheelchair-bound Mr Karunanidhi arrived at the court accompanied by his son MK Stalin and daughter Kanimozhi in presence of hundreds of party supporters assembled at the complex.
According to his lawyers, his plea seeking exemption from further personal appearance in court has been accepted.
DMK chief Mr Karunanidhi said that the defamation case is an attempt to threaten publications that do not support Ms Jayalalithaa’s ruling AIADMK.
The defamation case was filed last year after the DMK mouthpiece Murasoli reproduced an article published in Tamil magazine ‘Anantha Vikadan.’ The chief minister had sued the editor and printer of the magazine alleging that the article was defamatory in nature.
Tamil Nadu is set to go to polls in a few months time. AIDMK has maintained that Mr Karunanidhi will be chief minister for a sixth term if the party wins in the Assembly elections.