The Principal Sessions Court here has ordered the issuance of summons to DMK president M.Karunanidhi and S.Selvam, printer, publisher and editor of Murasoli, Tamil daily, to appear before it in a defamation case.
On November 9, the State government filed the defamation complaint against Mr. Karunanidhi and Mr.Selvam for having published an article in the daily dated August 23 allegedly with an intention to defame Labour Minister S.T.Chellapandian. Similarly, a case was also filed against the printer, publisher, editor and reporter of ‘Ananda Vikatan’, Tamil weekly for publishing an item on August 22 which allegedly defamed the Minister.
Taking the complaints on file, Principal Sessions Judge P.Kalaiyarasan ordered the issue of summons to DMK leader and Mr.Selvam to appear before the court on December 18. He also directed the printer, publisher, editor and reporter of ‘Ananda Vikatan’, Tamil weekly, to appear on that day.