The Madras high court on Tuesday restrained Penguin Books India Private Limited from publishing former chief minister J. Jayalalilthaa’s biography ‘Jayalalithaa — a Portrait’ without prior written consent and verification from her.
Justice V. Ramasubramanian granted the interim injunction till June 7 and ordered notice to Penguin Books, Ms Vaasanthi, author of the biography, and Outlook, a weekly magazine, on a suit filed by Jayalalithaa.
According to Jayalalithaa, it was customary for any journalist to verify the facts with a person concerned and publish the item along with that person’s version and more so when a biography was to be published.
However, Penguin Books was proposing to publish a biography Jayalalithaa — a Portrait, authored by Vaasanthi, with purported excerpts from what it had been published in March 2011 issue of Outlook.
Pointing out some of the contents of the article which contained among other things, her name at her birth, her father and brother names to emphasise their connection to the Mysore palace, incidents of attack on former IAS officer Chandralekha and DMK advocate R. Shanmughasundaram, her personal matters and reference to her close friend Sasikala, Jayalalithaa said such a publication would spoil her image and also damage her status in politics as well as in her public life.
She said it was a violation of right to privacy, which was available to her. The biography to be published by Penguin Books was false, reckless with total disregard for truth.
It was malice and was beyond all limits of decency. The statements made in biography together with innuendos were false, frivolous and defaming with intention of maligning her, she added. Asian Age