Kovan had recently released a song on alcoholism in the state and how the government is encouraging it.

Sedition case on Tamil folk-artiste and activist Kovan for criticising Jayalalithaa govt
news Sedition Friday, October 30, 2015 - 10:23

A member of the Makkal Kalai Ilakkiya Kazhagam based in Trichy in Tamil Nadu has been picked up by the Chennai police, reportedly for criticising the government. MKIK is an arts and public performance group which takes up political agitations and campaigns. The Chennai police is yet to reveal the exact nature of the charges. The folk singer is said to be in police custody now.

The artists and activist, Kovan, had recently released a song on alcoholism in the state, blaming the Jayalalithaa government for the same.

Members of the MKIK told TNM that officers of the Chennai police arrived at folk-singer and MKIK member Kovan’s house at Oraiyur in Trichy at 2AM on October 30 and detained him.

“They did not tell us initially why he was being arrested, only when he was taken in and they were on their way to Chennai did they tell us,” said Saravanan, a member of MKIK.

 Supporters are also said to be gathering in Chennai to protest his arrest. Kovan was brought to the DGP’s office in Chennai early this morning.

In the soundtrack released by MKIK, Kovan sings that the whole of Tamil Nadu is under the influence of alcohol and ‘Poes’ is rejoicing at that, ‘Poes’ being a reference to the residence of TN CM Jayalalithaa at Poes Garden in Chennai.

He talks about the increasing price of food and education in the state and then sings, “if you don’t cry out that she is your saviour, then you will be killed”.

The song then goes on to point out how schools are being closed but liquor shops are being opened, and how everyone is being made to drink alcohol. The singer also talks about ‘Midas Distilleries’ which is often linked with Sasikala, Jayalaithaa’s close aide.

The song is said to have gone viral on social media and WhatsApp groups over the past few days.

Update:

The Chennai police and lawyer representing Kovan, Gym Raj Milton, have said that Kovan has been arrested under 124A (sedition), 153 (attempt to create enmity between social groups) and 502/1 (sale any printed or engraved substance containing defamatory matter) by the Chennai city crime branch police.

He has been arrested for two of his songs, 'Moodu Tasmac Moodu' and 'Ooruku oru Sarayam'.

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