De­vika Kin Seeks Film Piracy FIR

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU -

Chen­nai: S S De­va­doss, hus­band of pop­u­lar yes­ter­year ac­tor De­vika, has moved the Madras High Court seek­ing a di­rec­tion to the po­lice to reg­is­ter an FIR against Jayam Au­dio and Saraswathy Stores in the city for the al­leged video piracy of his Tamil film ‘Veg­ulipen’, pro­duced in 1971.

Jus­tice N Kirubakara­n, be­fore whom the pe­ti­tion filed by 75-year-old De­va­doss, a vet­eran pro­ducer, came up for hear­ing, ad­journed it by two weeks, af­ter pub­lic the prose­cu­tor sought time to get in­struc­tions.

Pe­ti­tioner’s coun­sel V S Suresh sub­mit­ted that the De­va­doss was the di­rec­tor of Veg­ulipen, which was cer­ti­fied for un­re­stricted pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion on May 24, 1971. The film bagged the best film award from the Pres­i­dent of In­dia.

Af­ter De­va­doss found its pi­rated ver­sion in VCD for­mat re­leased on YouTube, he filed a com­plaint against Jayam Au­dio, who was the pro­ducer of the il­le­gal VCD and seller Saraswathy Stores in the city on Fe­bru­ary 28, 2013.

The ac­cused moved the Madras High Court and ob­tained an­tic­i­pa­tory bail. The court also di­rected the po­lice to com­plete the in­ves­ti­ga­tion within eight weeks. How­ever, there was no progress. Hence, the present pe­ti­tion, Suresh added.

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