CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has filed two defamation cases against DMK president and opposition leader MK Stalin for allegedly defaming him through two statements he made in the party’s mouthpiece Murasoli.
On behalf of the CM, City Public Prosecutor Gowri Asokan filed two complaints before the Principal Sessions Court on Tuesday, said a report in New Indian Express.
In one of the complaints, Stalin questioned good governance index rank bestowed on Palaniswamy government when the state came first only in two out of the nine parameters. He asked how the Centre could rank TN first in ‘public security’ when there were issues like the Pollachi rape cases, the killing of protesters during the Sterlite protests, and the State ranking second in the rape of minor girls.
He had described this as part of an unholy relationship between the AIADMK government and the BJP government at the Centre. Stalin said the fact that the BJP government at the Centre was trying to prop up the AIADMK government with such ranking and added that it raised suspicion that their relationship is beyond just being alliance partners.
Stalin had also condemned the government for arresting six persons for conducting Anti- CAA Kolam protest in Chennai. The prosecutor argued that since the statements were highly defamatory and not made in good faith, the same constitutes criminal defamation under Sections 499 and 500 of IPC.