Puthiya Tamizhagam party, which mainly represents lower-caste Pallars, has served a legal notice to Kamal Haasan and a private TV channel Star Vijay demanding Rs 100 crore in damages for allegedly hurting the sentiments of those living in slums with casteiest comments made by an actor on the reality show Bigg Boss.
Tamil super star Kamal Haasan is the host of the popular TV show.
In the notice served through the lawyers, the party has sought Rs. 100 crore as damages if the actor and TV channel failed to tender an unconditional apology within seven days of receipt of the notice, Puthiya Tamizhagam founder-president Dr. K. Krishnasamy said.
“I have already appealed to actor Gayathri Raguram, a Bigg Boss Tamil contestant, to apologise for abusing another participant Gayatri Raghuram by saying that she was behaving like ‘slum people’ (cheri). The term, which has hurt members of a particular community, should have been edited out by the channel,” said Krishnasamy during a press conference.
He alleged that it has been two weeks and neither Kamal Haasan, the channel nor the contestant has apologised for misusing the community’s name. Krishnasamy said the remarks by Gayatri had hurt the sentiments of those living in slums and huts as it showed them in poor light, he said.
Besides Haasan, notices were issued to another participant Gayatri Raghuram, Channel CEO Deepk Dhar, production firm Endemol Shine and Channel manger Ajay Vidya Sagar.