A judicial magistrate court in Ooty on Tuesday issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against eight Tamil film actors, including Suriya, Sathyaraj, R Sarathkumar and Sripriya, for their failure to appear before it in connection with a defamation case filed by a freelance journalist for their allegedly derogatory speech in 2009.
Let’s rewind; a leading Tamil daily had published a story back in 2009 where an actress spoke about prostitution charges against some actors and actresses. Infuriated, the film fraternity ensured that the article was taken down and an apology letter was published for it instead. After this, the Nadigar Sangam called for a meeting where the actors abused journalists, as per reports on New Indian Express. Following that, a senior journalist named Rozario Mariya Susai filed a complaint against the actors with the Ooty judicial magistrate.
Subsequently, the court ordered to issue summons to about eight actors — Suriya, Sathyaraj, Sarathkumar, Sripriya, Vijayakumar, Arun Vijay, Vivek, and Cheran — to appear before the court on December 19, 2011. However, the actors filed a petition in the Madras high court seeking to dispense with their personal appearance in the court. However, the petition was dismissed.