The Madras High Court on Thursday stayed proceedings on a defamation complaint filed against Kaala actor Rajinikanth in a lower court in Chennai. The case was filed against the superstar by a film financier. The complaint filed by S Mukunchand Bothra stated that he had given a loan of Rs. 40 lakh to Mr Rajinikanth’s daughter’s father-in-law Kasturi Raja in January 2012 and later again of Rs 25 lakh.
Contending that Mr Raja had given an undertaking that Rajinikanth would clear the dues if he failed to repay the loan, the financier filed the suit to recover the money. Against the suit filed by Mr Bothra, Rajinikanth subsequently filed an application claiming that the suit had been moved with an intention to extort money from him, reports PTI.
According to a report in PTI, Justice N Sathishkumar granted the interim stay valid till June 25 on a petition by the actor seeking to quash the proceedings and summons issued to him by the VII Metropolitan Magistrate Court on the complaint filed by S Mukunchand Bothra.
“… It is settled law that an averment made in a pleading in civil suit cannot be termed to be a defamatory statement unless the same is struck off by the civil court,” the actor said.
Meanwhile, Rajinikanth has geared up for his next Kaala. Moviegoers can’t wait to catch their favourite star on the big screen after almost two years.
Kaala is said to be a documented story of a don living in the slums of Dharavi. He will play a slum lord turned gangster in the film and is reportedly based on the life of Haji Mastan. The film will also have political overtones.
Kaala releases on June 7!
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