New Delhi, July 15: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J Jayalalithaa among others in connection with a defamation case filed against the DMDK chief Vijaykanth.
Justice Dipak Mishra heading the Bench however observed that the public prosecutor must not behave like a post office.
Justice Mishra while taking note of the large number of defamation cases filed by Tamil Nadu said that the public prosecutor must apply his mind. The PP is not a post office, Justice Mishra also observed. While issuing notice, the court said that the reply shall be filed in 8 weeks.
The case was filed by Vijaykanth who had sought for quashing of proceedings against him in the defamation case. The Supreme Court during an earlier hearing had stayed the summons issued to Vijaykanth by the lower court.
A defamation case had been filed against him by the government following his remarks on the Aavin milk scam. The state government had accorded sanction to prosecute the DMDK leader who was at that time the leader of the opposition in the Tamil Nadu assembly.
Defamation cases being filed on every now and then will only silence critics in a democracy, Supreme Court observes.