Features Friday, February 06, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute| February 6, 2015| 12.40 am IST The arrest of actor Shine Tom Chacko, three models and an assistant director for possession of cocaine by the Kerala police last week has lead to much speculation in the media regarding the direction in which the probe is going. While some media houses openly castigated new generation film makers and actors for using drugs, others reported about the Goa route in which the drugs were brought. Malayalam newspaper Mangalam however went one step ahead and named three top people in the film industry for suspected involvement in the case. The paper in a report said that the investigating officers will probe actor Fahadh Fazil, Rima Kallingal and film maker Aashiq Abu. The story now seems to have disappeared from the website and from the paper’s Facebook page. But Rima and Aashiq Abu (who are a couple) were not ones to take this lightly. Both lashed out at the paper though their Facebook status. Aashiq Abu said,”It’s either maoist or cocaine at the drop of a hat. The life, love and even death of those in the film industry have been a source of entertainment. But sometimes when media ‘prostitutes’ who have a personal or political agenda target those in the industry, it becomes even more entertaining. The journalist Thaniniram Rajendran’s article in Mangalam was good entertainment. Long back the same journalist had concocted news and destroyed the life of someone called Nambi Narayanan, Kerala now looks sympathetically at this former ISRO scientist." Aashiq Abu then goes on to say that the three of them will file a defamation suit against the paper and any compensation they receive will be given to Nambi Narayanan. He asserts that actor Shine Tom Chacko who was arrested for possession of cocaine is his friend and will remain to be so. “If Shine has done something illegal, there is police and court in this land to take care of that,” he says. Rima Kallingal meanwhile wrote: “I am a Journalism graduate. I have always looked up at the Journalism profession with great respect and have always enjoyed good relations with media personalities. I truly believe that the media is the fourth estate and that they play a very important role in a democratic free state. And backing my strong convictions with action i would like to call out a person who brings shame and disrespect to hundreds of truthful, hard working, diligent media professionals ; a pimp who writes in the alibi 'Thaniniram jayachandran' for Mangalam which happens to be the same publication that comes out with Crime and Muthuchippi ... And i rest my case. And in-between all this brouhaha i want to reach out to the youngsters out there who are reading these news. If it makes any difference to you all that i say this , here i am saying it in capital letters - DRUG ABUSE IS NOT COOL." With the actors vowing to sue the publication, the newspaper stand on the issue will be keenly watched. Read- Why Cocaine, Maoism and Media makes a deadly combination in Kerala Follow @thenewsminute

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