Chennai : The Madras High Court on Tuesday directed police not to harass sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran, the party’s Karnataka unit secretary V Pugazhenthi and others, booked for allegedly defaming the prime minister and the Tamil Nadu chief minister.
Justice M S Ramesh gave the oral direction to Annadanapatty police in Salem district, where the case was registered on October 2, on a petition by Pugazhenthi, a staunch supporter of Dhinakaran, seeking to quash the FIR, reports PTI.
The judge refused to stay the FIR as sought by the petitioner, who submitted that the police might harass them under the pretext of investigation in the case.
The court directed the government counsel to instruct the police officials concerned not to cause any harassment to the petitioner and others.
Dhinkaran and 16 of his supporters were charged with issuing pamphlets opposing the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test in which they have allegedly defamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister K Palaniswami.