MADURAI: The Madras high court Friday quashed an FIR registered by the Thanjavur district police against Tamil film director Pa Ranjith for his controversial comments on King Rajaraja Cholan in 2019.
Justice G Ilangovan allowed the petition filed by Ranjith before high court Madurai bench in 2019, seeking to quash the FIR registered against him by the Thiruppanandal police.
The case of the prosecution is that the petitioner participated in a meeting organised by Neelapuligal Movement on June 5, 2019 and delivered a speech related to the land rights during the King Rajaraja Cholan period.
In his petition, Ranjith stated that the crux of his speech was on how to erase casteism and as to how to create casteless society. His speech was also about how the people in the delta region became landless.
He stated that his intention was not to affect the sentiments of any particular community or religious group of people but was only to voice in favour of aggrieved people. He stated his intention to bring awareness among the people. Hence, he sought to quash the FIR registered against him.
During the course of earlier hearing, the court had stayed the filing of the chargesheet in this case. Earlier in 2019, the court granted anticipatory bail to Ranjith in this case.