Kovan Case: Katju Seeks President’s Intervention

Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju has sought President Pranab Mukherjee’s intervention in getting charges against arrested Tamil singer and anti-liquor campaigner Kovan dropped.

In his letter, Katju said that Kovan was arrested on October 30 near Trichy for criticising the Tamil Nadu government over sale of liquor and on charges of sedition.

Noting that in a democracy, people have the right to criticise the government, he said that Kovan had not committed any violence or done anything which posed any imminent threat of violence.

If anything therein is defamatory then a case of defamation could have been filed against Kovan, but there was certainly no warrant to slap sedition charges against him, he said, adding Chief Minister Jayalalithaa acted unconstitutionally.

Katju, in his letter, urged the President to excercise his constitutional powers to get the charges against Kovan dropped.

Kovan vows to continue struggle

The folk artist and campaigner on Saturday vowed to continue his struggle against Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC), which has a monopoly over wholesale and retail vending of alcoholic beverages, saying that nobody can stop him.

“I’ll continue my struggle against TASMAC till I reach my goal, nobody can stop me,” he said.

Kovan, a member of Makkal Kalai llakkiya Kazhagam (People’s Art and Literary Association), was arrested after his video went viral on social media. His song ‘Oorkku oorkku sarayam’ mocks liquor shops run by the state government in Tamil Nadu and criticizes state government for alcoholism in the state.

The singer also commented on Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa’s luxurious lifestyle, pointing that the common man was left to struggle.