Days after the plagiarism row over the Tamil film Sarkar ended with an out-of-court settlement, the President of the South Indian Film Writers’ Association, K Bhagyaraj has stepped down, saying that fresh elections should be held for office bearers of the writing body.
In a statement to the press on Friday, he wrote, “I was unanimously chosen as leader of this Association, unopposed. I resolved to work honestly, according to my conscience. Everything was going well. Suddenly, the Association got a complaint regarding the film Sarkar. After analysing the complaint, we found that the concerned complainant (Varun Rajendran) was telling the truth. On account of this, in order to help him get justice, all important office-bearers met, discussed and arrived at a decision. We were also able to implement the decision.”
Bhagyaraj had sided with filmmaker Varun Rajendran, who claimed that the plot for Sarkar was lifted from his script titled, Sengol.