DMK supremo M Karunanidhi is set to appear before a Chennai court on January 18 in a defamation case filed by Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa.
Karunanidhi had been sued for defamation by long-time rival, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
Jayalalithaa had objected to an article published in DMK mouth piece Murasoli published an article which stated that the AIADMK-led government did not do enough for the state.
The article had mentioned a survey done by popular Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan in order to support their claim which also echoed the DMKâ€™s view on the governmentâ€™s performance over the last four years.
Karunanidhi said that the case is an attempt " to threaten publications that don't support the ruling AIADMK" via a party statement released on Thursday.
The assembly elections are less than six months away and will be a fight between the Dravidian majors-AIADMK and DMK.
The CM had filed a criminal defamation case against Karunanidhi and the editor of Ananda Vikatan in November last year.