Renowned composer and musician AR Rahman has sent a legal notice demanding Rs 10 crore in compensation for alleged defamation after a surgeons’ association accused him of receiving Rs 29 lakh for a concert that never took place.
AR Rahman, who made headlines in September due to mismanagement issues at his Chennai concert, now finds himself embroiled in yet another controversy. The Association of Surgeons of India (ASICON) filed a complaint against Rahman, alleging that he had accepted a substantial sum of Rs 29 lakh for a concert that never materialized. Rahman’s legal team has swiftly responded by vehemently denying all the allegations.
The September concert, titled ‘Marakkuma Nenjam,’ faced criticism for incidents of molestation, overcrowding leading to a stampede-like situation, and the distribution of counterfeit tickets. Many ticket-holders were denied entry despite having valid tickets due to the chaotic circumstances.
In the wake of these allegations, AR Rahman’s legal representatives have taken action, serving a legal notice to the Association of Surgeons of India. The notice demands that the association withdraws their complaint within three days, emphasizing Rahman’s complete denial of any wrongdoing. Rahman’s team also pointed out the involvement of third parties in the matter, of which he was reportedly unaware.
Furthermore, the legal notice calls for an unconditional apology from the Association for allegedly tarnishing AR Rahman’s reputation. Alongside the apology request, Rahman’s counsel insists on a compensation amounting to Rs 10 crore for the damage caused to the musician’s image. Should the association fail to comply with these demands, Rahman is prepared to initiate both legal and criminal proceedings to protect his reputation.
The surgeons’ association’s complaint against AR Rahman asserts that the musician received the sum of Rs 29 lakh in 2018, sparking the ongoing dispute.