Rajinikanth Exempted From Appearance in Lingaa Plagiarism Case

Rajinikanth Exempted From Appearance in Lingaa Plagiarism Case

A poster from Lingaa featuring Rajinikanth

Chennai: A court in Madurai has exempted Tamil superstar Rajinikanth and the team of his film Lingaa appearing before it in a plagiarism case.

On Monday, after hearing a petition by Madurai-based filmmaker KR Ravi Rathinam, the court had directed Rajinikanth, the film's producer Rockline Venkatesh, director K S Ravikumar and scriptwriter Pon Kumaran to appear before it today.

Counsel for the petitioner V Ravi said, "Today we asked for the script of Lingaa so we could compare. We expect orders on this tomorrow".

The case dates back to 2014 when Ravi Rathinam accused the producers of plagiarism and alleged that they had 'stolen' the story from his film Mullai Vanam 999.

The Madras High Court had allowed the release of the film after collecting a deposit of Rs 5 crores and a separate bank guarantee for a similar amount. It had also directed the lower court to expedite and dispose the case before April 30.

The makers of Lingaa had subsequently approached the Supreme Court and reclaimed an amount of Rs 4 cr citing delay.

The makers of Lingaa have denied the allegations against them.