Police made lathicharge on a section of DMK workers who indulged in violence outside a court premises in Dindigul where party leader M K Stalin appeared on Monday in connection with a defamation case filed by the AIADMK Government.

Police said a section of the large number of DMK workers, who gathered outside the Principal District Sessions Court, attempted to tear a flex board of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa put up by her partymen near the court complex and started indulging in violence by pelting stones.

They later clashed with the police, who made a lathicharge and brought the situation under control, police said adding two journalists present there got injured when they were hit by the stones.

Mr. Stalin, party Treasurer and son of DMK President M Karunanidhi, had been summoned by Sessions Judge R Balachandrakumar in connection with the case filed by the government for alleged defamatory remarks made by him during a meeting here on June 6, 2013.

When the matter came up today, the Judge posted the matter to January 6, 2014 for further hearing.

Public Prosecutor A. Arokiam, who filed the petition on behalf of the government, has charged Stalin with making sarcastic and defamatory comments against Ms. Jayalalithaa.

Later talking to reporters, Mr. Stalin asserted DMK men were prepared to face any number of “false cases“.

He said a number of cases, including disproportionate assets case, were pending against Ms. Jayalalithaa and she had sought numerous adjournments.

“But the DMK people are ready to face any case,” he added.