On 28th September, 2021, Madras HC terminates defamation case against Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan

In the case of Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan v. Dhadi K Karthikeyan , the Madras High Court dismissed the criminal defamation case against Tamilisai Soundararajan.

Soundararajan is the present Governor of Telangana and is also the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry.

Ms. Soundararajan, as President of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in Tamil Nadu, had allegedly made comments calling the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) party as holding ‘kangaroo courts’ to seize lands.

Justice M. Dhandapani quashed the case of criminal defamation on the following grounds:
• Despite being called there were no representations either from Ms.Soundararajan or from the complainant-respondent Mr. Karthikeyan of VCK party.
• It was said that The complaint is nothing but an attempt on the part of the respondent to gain political publicity at the cost of judicial time .
• No personal comment was made against the complainant Karthikeyan, and so under Section 499, the suit was not following essentials of Section 499 of IPC. No document was submitted by complainant to show that he was authorised by VCK party to file such a suit.
• It was also remarked that the Trial Court did not apply its mind, as the complaint was for criminal defamation (section 500 of IPC), but the trial court had issued notice under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act.

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