Chennai's metropolitan magistrate court has issued a non-bailable warrant against director Shankar after he failed to appear before the court for over 10 years in connection with a case of story theft. A short story writer named Arur Tamilnandan had alleged that the director had used his story for his blockbuster film Enthiran starring Rajinikanth in 2010.
The complaint filed by Arur stated that the story of Shankar's Enthiran was a copy of his story titled Jiguba. Arur had published his story in 1996. The case has been going on for several years now. Since Shankar and his counsel failed to appear before the Court repeatedly, a non-bailable warrant was issued against the director. The case has been adjourned to February 19.
Arur story Jiguba was published in a Tamil magazine in 1996 and was once again republished as a novel titled Dhik Dhik Deepika Dheepika in 2007. After the release of Enthiran, the writer claimed that Shankar had copied his story, which was a violation of the Copyright Act, 1957.
He also alleged that the Enthiran team had earned huge monetary benefit from his idea.