Madras High Court bars Leena Manimekalai, Susi Ganesan From Going To Press On #MeToo Case

The Madras High Court barred Leena Manimekalai and Susi Ganesan from going to press on #MeToo Case.

The plaintiff claims to be a renowned film director based in Mumbai, having directed 6 movies with a star studded cast of actors and actresses, over a span of 27 years working in the film industry. According to the plaintiff, it is a case of vendetta on the part of the defendant to publish a defamatory post against the plaintiff in the year 2017 in the another defendant’s website, alleging that she was a victim of sexual harassment while recounting her alleged encounter in the year 2005 without accusing anyone in particular.

The plaintiff contended that the plaintiff, there is absolutely no truth in the statements made by the defendant accusing him of sexual harassment. He argued that the first defendant has also spoiled his image with the leading music director, Maestro Mr. Ilaiyaraja, who has inducted the plaintiff for his next film. The plaintiff drew the attention of the Court to the screen shots of the defamatory statements made by the first defendant, which have been filed as documents along with the plaint.

The single judge bench of Justice Abdul Quddhose said that a prima-facie case has been made out for the grant of interim injunction. The balance of convenience is also in favour of the applicant/ plaintiff. Irreparable injury will be caused to the plaintiff, if after Trial, this Court finds that there is no truth in the statements made by the defendants.  

The court added that the applicant and the defendant, who has accused the applicant/ plaintiff of sexual harassment, are injuncted from going to the press with regard to the subject matter of the dispute.

The court directed both the plaintiff and the defendant not to go to the media or tweet messages with regard to their respective contentions as the matter is subjudice. 

Case title: Susi Ganesan v/s Leena Manimekalai and Ors.

Citation: O.A. No.16 of 2022 in C.S. No.7 of 2022  

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