High court adjourns AR Murugadoss' anticipatory bail plea to 28 November
Following heightened drama when the police visited AR Murugadoss’s house to arrest him, the director had sought for anticipatory bail from Madras HC
Yesterday, the Madras High Court adjourned the anticipatory bail plea of Sarkar filmmaker AR Murugadoss, to November 28 for further hearing.
The Government of Tamil Nadu emphasised in the court that the director must provide an undertaking stating that he would not criticise the governmental policies in his future films. Public Prosecutor A Natarajan made the submission while opposing the anticipatory bail application moved by the director. Recording it, Justice GK Ilanthiraiyan asked counsel whether Murugadoss was willing to give such undertaking. As the counsel sought time to get instruction from the director, the court adjourned the plea to 28 November for further hearing.
AIADMK workers staged protests against the film released earlier this month after several ministers took exception to scenes in the film criticising welfare schemes and a reference to former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Counsel for the director earlier informed the court that the objectionable portions had already been removed from the film.
On November 9, apprehending arrest in connection with the issue, Murugadoss moved the court seeking anticipatory bail. Admitting his plea, the court, as an interim relief, restrained the police from arresting the director till November 27.
Actor-politician Kamal Haasan extended his support to AR Murugadoss and commented on the act of the government via his Twitter handle.
Sarkar has been certified by CBFC. Yet Government dares to muffle the right of people to express. This is not democracy. Fascism was defeated before, will be done again. @ARMurugadoss— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) November 27, 2018