Chennai: A court on Wednesday ordered issue of
summons to five journalists, including former editor-in-chief
of `The Hindu` N Ram and Editor of Tamil magazine
`Nakkheeran`, in connection with a defamation complaint moved
against them by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.
Jayalalithaa had on January 23 filed separate complaints
in the court against `Nakkheeran` and `The Hindu` accusing
them of publishing `derogatory and defamatory` comments about
her eating habits.
Principal Sessions Judge P Kalaiarasan ordered issue of
summons to Ram and a reporter of `The Hindu` for their
appearance in the court on March 5.
The Judge also summoned `Nakkheeran` Editor R Gopal, the
Joint Editor and a reporter of the bi-weekly to appear before
him on March 1.
The complaint has been filed on behalf of the Chief
Minister by the city public prosecutor under IPC sections 500
(punishment for defamation) and 501 (printing or engraving
matter known to be defamatory).
`Nakkheeran` had on January 7 faced the wrath of irate
AIADMK supporters who attacked its office and burnt copies of
the magazine over publication of the report about
Jayalalithaa`s eating habits.
Facing contempt of court proceedings, Gopal had expressed
regret in the Madras High Court on January 12 for publishing
the controversial comments and carried a regret message on the
cover page of the magazine`s next issue. Following this, the
court had closed the contempt petition.