SC slams Jayalalithaa for defamation cases; You are a public figure, you must face criticism


New Delhi: The Supreme Court came down heavily on Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday for filing scores of defamation cases against activists and political opponents, saying the AIADMK chief was using the law to settle personal scores.

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The SC tells Jayalalithaa that she is a public figure and must face criticism. “You cannot use a defamation case to throttle democracy,” the court said. The court issues a notice to the CM on a petition alleging misuse of defamation law.

The court was hearing a petition filed by actor-politician Vijayakanth requesting that an arrest warrant against him be cancelled. Vijayakanth, who is known as “captain” and heads the DMDK, was named in a police complaint after he commented that Jayalalithaa is heading a corrupt government.

There are 14 defamation cases against him for his comments criticizing the government, especially that the floods that wrecked Chennai in December 2015 had been artificially caused.

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