Non-bailable warrant for director Shankar in Enthiran plagiarism case

The Metropolitan Magistrate Court-II, Egmore, has issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against film director Shankar for his failure to appear before it repeatedly in connection with a case registered against him for allegedly copying a short story of writer Arur Tamilnadan and making the blockbuster movie Endhiran, featuring Rajinikanth, Aishwarya Rai and others.

The issue pertains to Aarur Tamilnadan, a writer who in 2010 filed a case in the Madras High Court, alleging that the movie Enthiran was a copy of his story Jugiba. The petitioner said that  Jugiba was first published in the magazine Iniya Udayam in April 1996 and the same story was published again in a novel, Tik Tik Deepika, in 2007. He also filed cases under Section 420 (Cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and other sections of the Copyright Act.

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