Rajinikanth’s wife to face criminal proceedings as SC says high court ‘not justified’ in quashing process

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday paved the way for criminal proceedings against superstar Rajinikanth’s wife Latha Rajinikanth, on a complaint by an advertising agency, by setting aside a Karnataka High Court order quashing the process.
The agency had alleged in its private complaint that they had ventured in the post-production of the 2014 film ‘Kochadaiiyaan’, which was produced by Mediaone Global Entertainment Ltd, on Latha’s personal guarantee and had funded Rs 10 crore for it. She was a director of the production company.
A bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the high court was “not justified” in quashing the proceedings against Latha, which were initiated following a trial court’s order on the complaint by the advertising agency, AD-Bureau Advertising Pvt Ltd.
“This is a case which should have gone for trial. You (Latha) can apply for discharge at an appropriate stage,” the bench, also comprising Justices R Banumathi and Navin Sinha, said.
The court’s order came on a plea filed by the advertising agency against the March 10, 2016 order of the Karnataka High Court quashing the proceedings against Latha.

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