According to reports, Chennai's metropolitan magistrate court issued a non-bailable warrant against director Shankar in the Enthiran plagiarism case. The filmmaker reportedly failed to appear before the court for 10 years. Now, Shankar has issued a statement regarding the non-bailable warrant and clarified it to be 'false news'
In the statement, Shankar mentioned, "My advocate Mr Sai Kumaran has approached the Hon’ble court today and brought this to the Court’s attention. The Learned Judge was pleased to immediately confirm that no warrant has been issued against me. The reference to any warrant has apparently occurred due to a glitch in the online court reporting, which is presently being corrected. I am very surprised to see such false news being circulated without any verification, and the same has caused needless anguish to my family and well-wishers. I request this clarification will be carried by all media to ensure that such false news does not spread any further."
In 2010, a petition was filed by a short story writer named Arur Tamilnandan. He alleged that Shankar used his story for Enthiran starring Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. He claimed that his story was published as Jugiba in a magazine named Iniya Udayam in April 1996 and was republished in 2007 in a novel Tik Tik Deepika. Arur alleged that Enthiran is a copy of his work and is punishable under the IPC and the Copyright Act. He went on to also demand Rs 1 crore from Shankar and Kalanidhi Maran, the producer for patent infringement.
Later, in 2019 in Madras High Court, Shankar's lawyer denied the accusations. However, the petitioner's legal team submitted 29 similarities between the two stories. The Madras High Court refused to quash the case. Last year, the Supreme Court ruled against Shankar even when he pleaded that Enthiran was written before Jugiba was published.
(Source: The News Minute)