A group of AIADMK lawyers and law officers led by the party’s Rajya Sabha member A Navaneethakrishnan met DGP K Ramanujam to demand action against those responsible for the publication of a demeaning article and caricature showing Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in poor light.
“We lodged a formal complaint against Sri Lankan authorities for having published an article, caricature and caption on its defence website trivialising Tamil Nadu chief minister’s efforts to highlight Indian fishermen’s mid-sea trouble,” Navaneethakrishnan told TOI. Advocate and president of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Attorneys Association P Sanjay Gandhi said that since India and Lanka were signatories to the TRIPS agreement, the latter is duty-bound to probe the matter. The article was removed from the website the same day and the Sri Lankan government issued an ‘unqualified’ apology. AIADMK cadres have been protesting in different parts of the state.
J Jayalalithaa, who expressed grief over the attempted suicide by a woman cadre of AIADMK, Vijayalakshmi, over the issue, said human life was precious and requested her not to resort to such extreme steps. In a statement on Sunday, she said, suicide was an act of cowardice.
In Trichy, youths claiming to be AIADMK cadres set fire to an effigy of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse. Police dispersed them after a warning. On Saturday, police arrested two activists of an outfit called Tamil Nadu Maanavar Koottamaippu for vandalising Trichy’s Sri Lankan airlines office. (ToI)