Tamil biweekly Nakkeeranâ€™s editor, R Gopal has got some relief from the 18 defamation complaints filed against him, as the Madras High Court has ordered a stay on all further proceedings.
Justice P N Prakash granted the interim relief on Wednesday. Gopal was also excused from personal appearance in courts dealing with the complaints according to a report in the Times of India.
â€śThe 18 complaints were lodged by the city public prosecutor in the principal sessions judge in Chennai on behalf of chief minister Jayalalithaa, her cabinet colleagues and some IAS officers,â€ť Gopalâ€™s legal counsel Perumal told ToI.
Gopal had sought the Supreme Courtâ€™s intervention, challenging the legal validity of Section 499 of the IPC under which the defamation complaints were lodged.
The Supreme Court clubbed Gopalâ€™s petition along with similar ones filed by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, actor-politican Vijayakant and others.
Since 2006, a total of 213 defamation complaints have been lodged against Gopal by the Tamil Nadu government.