Learn to take criticism: Supreme court to Jayalalitha

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today, strongly reprimanded Chief Minister Jayalalitha for bringing defamation cases against opposition leaders in her home state of Tamil Nadu.  “Accept that you are a public figure and you have to face criticism,” she was told.

“Tamil Nadu is the only state which misuses state machinery to fight defamation cases.” Judges observed.

More than 200 defamation cases have been filed by the state government in the last five years. 55 cases are against the media, 85 against the ruling party’s main rival, the DMK.

Opposition leader, and also a former actor, Vijayakanth, challenged this in the Supreme Court.  He has been named in 28 defamation cases for criticising Ms Jayalalitha and her government.  The Supreme Court will hear next on September 21.

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