Tamil superstar Rajinikanth decided to seek exemption from personal appearance before a commission investigating the violence at Tuticorin during the anti-sterlite protests in which 13 innocent people were killed in police firing in 2018, saying it caused harm to the public.
The government of Tamil Nadu set up a one-man inquiry commission to investigate the incident headed by retired Madras High Court judge, Aruna Jegadheesan.
After visiting the injured people in the gunfire, Rajinikanth blamed the 'anti-social elements' for the protests and called for an 'iron fist' policy of Jayalalitha to crush such people in the interests of Tamil Nadu. With regard to this comment superstar Rajinikanth was asked to appear before Commission.
It has been reported that "He has sought an exemption as it may cause inconvenience to the public (at the time of his appearance). However, he informed the Commission that he can make a written response to any query put forth by the commission".
In this case, the inquiry commission has accepted Rajini's request. According to Rajinikanth's lawyer, the questions asked to Rajini will be kept in a sealed envelope.