TAMIL NADU

Injunction against Dinamalar

CHENNAI, FEB. 26. The Madras High Court today restrained Dinamalar from writing and publishing any news item against the Pattali Makkal Katchi leader and former Union Minister, E. Ponnuswamy.

Justice R. Balasubramanian granted the interim injunction on a civil suit filed by Mr. Ponnuswamy, who said the Tamil daily had "deliberately and knowingly published false, mischievous, malicious, disparaging and defamatory articles, allegations, caricatures and cartoons" against himself and the PMK.

The former Minister also referred to the publication of certain remarks against film actor Rajnikant allegedly made by the PMK founder, S. Ramadoss, and said the daily aimed to "create an image as if there was some rift between Dr. Ramadoss and Mr. Rajnikant."

He claimed that the only motive of the daily was to "cause immeasurable political loss to him."