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Police can book Kamal Haasan for Nilavembu Kudineer tweet on merit: Madras high court


Hearing a petition urging it to order registration of a case against the actor, the court said police can do so if there is merit in the complaint.

IANS

The Madras high court on Wednesday said the state police can register a case against actor Kamal Haasan if a prima facie case is made out for his comments on a herbal drink the Tamil Nadu government is advocating to counter dengue and chikungunya.

Hearing a petition filed by a person named Devarajan to order registration of case against the actor, the court said police can do so 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.

Many voluntary organizations also started distributing the herbal drink in residential areas as a measure to prevent dengue in the state.

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

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