Police file case against dramatist
Tamil Nadu

Police file case against dramatist

S Murari

June 09 2020The Central Crime Branch of the Chennai City police on Monday registered a case against theatre personality and former TV news reader Varadarajan for alleging that a friend of his struck by Covid could not get admission in any hospital because of bed shortage.Varadarajan posted on social media an emotional appeal to the Chief Minister to help his friend get treatment. He made no critical comments.Health Minister C Vijayabaskar, however, was offended because Varadarajan's appeal went viral.The Minister charged Varadarajan with causing panic. He said there were over 50, 000 beds in government and private hospitals and there was no cause for panic .The police filed an FIR under Sec 153( Inciting riots) and Sec 505(1) ( spreading misinformation to alarm the people).Varadarajan said he posted his appeal only in his friends circle and he did not know how it went viral.