Kamal Haasan can be booked for comments on herbal drink advocated by TN government, says Madrac HC

Kamal Haasan can be booked by the police if the complaint filed against him has merit, said the Madras High Court

IANS October 25, 2017 20:37:19 IST
Kamal Haasan can be booked for comments on herbal drink advocated by TN government, says Madrac HC

Chennai: The Madras High Court on Wednesday said that the state police can register a case against actor Kamal Haasan if there is a prima facie case against him for his comments on a herbal drink the Tamil Nadu government is advocating to counter dengue and chikungunya.

Kamal Haasan can be booked for comments on herbal drink advocated by TN government says Madrac HC

Kamal Haasan. File image.

Hearing a petition filed by Devarajan to order registration of case against the actor, the court said police can register a case against Haasan if there is merit in the complaint against him.

The Tamil Nadu government has advocated drinking of 'Nilavembu Kudineer', made from the 'Nilavembu plant' (Andrographis paniculate) to counter the vector-borne diseases and many voluntary organisations also started distributing the herbal drink in residential areas as a measure to prevent dengue in the state.

However, there were also messages in the social media that the herbal drink has side effects and in his tweet on 17 October, Haasan urged his fan club members not to distribute it till its efficacy is proven by proper research.

Research need not be done only by the allopathic stream professionals but also by those in the traditional cure stream, Haasan said and added that side effects for medicines is also a tradition.

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