Non-Bailable Warrant Issued Against Director Shankar
Non-bailable warrant against director Shankar in copyright violation case
A magistrate court here has issued a Non-Bailable Warrant (NBW) against director S Shankar. This is for failure to appear before the court repeatedly, in a case related to copyright violation over the Tamil movie Enthiran. The copyright violation case was filed by writer Aarur Tamilnadan. Writer Aarur has claimed that ‘Enthiran’ story was written by him.
Director Shankar’s ‘Enthiran’ starring Superstar Rajinikanth was a massive hit, and the film also had a sequel in 2018. Writer Aarur Tamilnadan had filed a case against director Shankar in the Egmore court in Chennai in 2010. The writer had alleged that the movie Enthiran was a copy of his story Jugiba. It was first published in the magazine Iniya Udayam in April 1996. Later in a novel, Tik Tik Deepika, in 2007. He filed cases under Section 420 (Cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and other sections of the Copyright Act. Arur Tamilnadan has also asked for Rs 1 crore for patent infringement from the ‘Enthiran’ producer and director.
Shankar approached the Madras High Court in 2019 to quash the proceedings and cases filed against him. However, in June 2019, the court turned down his plea. He next approached the Supreme Court but the apex court too turned down his plea.
Now, Egmore Criminal Court has issued a non-bailable warrant against Shankar. Judge Rosyln Durai of the Second Metropolitan Magistrate Court issued the order on Friday for the director to appear before it by February 19.