Remarks against Guv: Defamation case against suspended DMK functionary

The complaint, filed in the Principal District Sessions Court on behalf of the Governor by City Public Prosecutor G Devarajan, sought action against Krishnamoorthy for offence under Sections 499 and 500 of the IPC.
TN Governor R N Ravi;  DMK functionary Shivaji Krishnamoorthy
TN Governor R N Ravi; DMK functionary Shivaji Krishnamoorthy

CHENNAI: A criminal defamation complaint has been filed in a court here on Thursday seeking to prosecute suspended DMK functionary Shivaji Krishnamoorthy for his derogatory speech against Tamil Nadu Governor R N Ravi.

The complaint, filed in the Principal District Sessions Court on behalf of the Governor by City Public Prosecutor G Devarajan, sought action against Krishnamoorthy for offence under Sections 499 and 500 of the IPC.

The Public Prosecutor had moved the court after the State government accorded sanction.

Krishnamoorthy, who belongs to the Chennai North party district, had made critical remarks against Ravi for skipping portions of the government-prepared address to the State Assembly.

Immediately after Krishnamoorthy's derogatory speech went viral, the Governor's deputy secretary Prasanna Ramasamy preferred a complaint with the Commissioner of Police, Greater Chennai, on January 13 seeking appropriate action against him. The complaint was forwarded to the State government the next day.

He was suspended on January 14 from all his posts and DMK's primary membership for violating party discipline and bringing disrepute to the party.

Ravi skipped some paragraphs of the address on January 9 and made some points on his own. He walked out of the House later.

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