Justice G K Ilanthiraiyan passed the interim order on the anticipatory bail application moved by Murugadoss apprehending arrest for alleged offences under sections 124A (sedition) and 505 (Statements conducing to public mischief) of the IPC.
According to the director, the movie after its release on December 6 invited sharp criticism from the ruling AIADMK for scenes that allegedly depict it in a bad light and insult late chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
“It was further alleged that the movie also criticised various government welfare policies (freebees) and there by inciting the people of Tamil Nadu to rebel against the government. A complaint was also lodged against the director with the CCB police,” the petitioner said.
Claiming that addressing and highlighting social views in a movie are guaranteed under Article 19 (1) (a) of the Constitution, the petitioner said his act by any stretch of imagination would not amount to an offence as alleged by the prosecution.
He further contended that the movie (starring actor Vijay in the lead role) was released only after the censor board had certified it as fit to be screened. The present demand by the AIADMK that certain “objectionable scenes” be removed was highly illegal and impermissible under law, he added.