A school run by superstar Rajinikanth’s wife Latha Rajinikanth in Chennai was locked up by the building’s landlord, who alleges that he has not received two crore rupees in rent.
The school authorities said they have decided to file a defamation case against the landlord for creating ‘immense agony to the school and issuing false statements to the media.’
Nearly 400 children of the Ashram school run by Latha Rajinikanth have been subsequently shifted to another institution.
Venkateshwaralu, the landlord of the school, claimed the management agreed to pay the rent according to a court directive till they vacate the premises by May 2018 which they had not adhered to fully.
The Ashram Matriculation School has denied the charge and said it will sue the owner for defamation. “It is not just about the rent but it is about their exploitation of the situation and it is about asking unfair, unreasonable and exorbitant increment in rentals which we have been negotiating and speaking with them (landlord)”, the statement by the management said.
“Since the matter is sub judice, we would like to record this statement. Taking law into his hands and without any information, once again the landlord has created immense agony to the school, children, parents and to management today. We will be filing a defamation case against the landlord for making false statements to the press. Apart from that, we will wait for the law to take its own course. We request the media and the public to understand the truth,” the management added.