Indian 2 shooting accident: Kamal Hassan moves Madras high court alleging harassment by CCB police

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Indian 2 shooting accident: Kamal Hassan moves Madras high court alleging harassment by CCB police
Sureshkumar | TNN | Updated: Mar 17, 2020, 13:34 IST

Makkal Needhi Maiam President and Film actor Kamal Hassan speaks to media. (ANI photo)
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CHENNAI: Actor Kamal Haasan on Tuesday approached the 
Madras high court alleging harassment by the Chennai Central Crime Branch (CCB) police in connection with ”Indian 2″ film shooting accident. On February 19, a crane used for shooting fell on a group of technicians killing three of them.

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Allowing an urgent mention made by counsels of Kamal, Justice G K Ilanthiraiyan agreed to hear the case at 2.15pm today.

According to Kamal, the shooting of the movie, produced by Lyca Productions, started in EVP Film City near Chennai in February. On February 19, around 9.30pm, a crane used for the shooting crashed on the set killing assistant director Sri Krishna, art assistant Madhu and production assistant Chandran on the spot.

Kamal and director of the movie S Shankar had a narrow escape from the accident as they were only few meters away from the crash site, counsel for the petitioner said.

Subsequently, an FIR was registered against the crane operator and production manager Sundarrajan under sections 287 (negligent conduct with respect to machinery), 337 (causing hurt by negligence), 338 (causing grievous hurt), and 304 A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC.

“The petitioner received a summons dated February 29 directing him to appear before the CCB on March 3 to conduct inquiry about the accident. The petitioner, as a law-abiding citizen, appeared before the investigating officer for over three hours without any interval. He answered all the questions raised and shared all information he was aware regarding the accident,” Kamal’s counsel said.

However, to his shock and surprise, the CCB issued another summons dated March 16 directing him to be present in EVP Film City at 10.30am on March 18 to demonstrate the accident, the petitioner said claiming that the second summons was not maintainable in law and was politically motivated.

The petitioner contended that he was only a hero of the movie and in no way associated with the production of the film. He had no control over the production of the film nor over the staff engaged, the counsel said.

Arguing that the second summons had been issued by the CCB with an intention to harass him, Kamal wanted the court to interfere and direct the CCB police not to harass him.

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