A city sessions court on Friday granted an interim stay against
the broadcast of a tele-serial on the slain sandalwood smuggler
Veerappan on Makkal TV till October 26.
Additional sessions judge R. Sadaiyandi granted the stay
following a civil miscellaneous appeal preferred by V.
Muthulakshmi, wife of Veerappan, challenging the vacation of the
stay by the VIII assistant city civil court on September 17.
Muthulakshmi contended that she had a right to safeguard her
privacy and also that of her family, marriage and lives of her
daughters. "None can publish anything concerning the above matters
without my consent whether truthful or otherwise and whether
laudatory or critical," she submitted.
Elephant poacher-turned sandalwood smuggler Veerappan was shot
dead by the Tamil Nadu police in a gun battle in 2004. The
125-episode serial, titled "Santhanakadu" (sandalwood forest), was
scheduled to go on air from October 15.
Earlier, she had made an emotional appeal to the channel not to
telecast the serial, saying it would cause psychological trauma to
her two teenage daughters.