Following accusations against him in the Pollachi sexual assault case, AIADMK leader and Deputy Speaker of assembly Pollachi Jayaraman filed a formal complaint against Sabarisan, the son-in-law of DMK leader MK Stalin.
An FIR was filed on Thursday by the cyber crime cell, Chennai, based on Pollachi Jayaraman'a accusation that Sabarisan had levelled baseless allegations against him through social media in the sexual assault case that has shaken Tamil Nadu to its core.
Sabarisan was booked under various sections of Indian Penal Code including section 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 469 (forgery for purpose of harming reputation), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), 505(1) (which deals with spreading false information or rumour).
The allegations of AIADMK leader's involvement began when Thirunavukkarasu, the main accused in the sexual assault case released a video while in hiding, demanding the attention of MK Stalin, the leader of the opposition in the state. In his video, Thirunavakarasu had also alleged that many political leaders were involved in the matter. The allegations grew stronger when a local party functionary A Nagaraj was arrested on account of threatening the sexual assault survivor's brother. Nagaraj was let off later on bail within days of his arrest.
Reiterating that there is AIADMK leaders' involvement in the case, DMK MP Kanimozhi also led a protest meeting in Pollachi on Tuesday. She questioned the action of the Pollachi police and asked them who were they trying to protect in this case. Referring to an earlier incident in which Pollachi Jayaraman's son drove a car which met with an accident killing a woman co-passenger, Kanimozhi said now the doubt arises if the victim was thrown out of the car on impact or if it was a murder.
Sabarisan responds with legal notice
Within hours of being named in an FIR for levelling baseless charges against Pollachi Jayaraman, Sabarisan sent a legal notice to the AIADMK leader demanding a public apology for slanderous statements made by Pollachi Jayaraman in interviews to various TV channels on March 12, 2019. In his interviews, the AIADMK leader had accused MK Stalin and Kanimozhi of politicising the issue and Sabarisan to have aided in them making these accusations.
Stating that he has no role in DMK and no interest in active politics, Sabarisan said that Pollachi Jayaraman's statements in an interview accusing Sabarisan of circulating 'paid news' against his sons, has caused him loss of reputation and business. Demanding that the AIADMK refrain from making any further statements about him on any platform, Sabarisan sought a public apology, complete retraction of statements already made and a donation of Rs 50,000 by Pollachi Jayaraman to a charity of Sabarisan's choice.