Aug. 16 (PTI): A school run by superstar Rajinikanth's wife Latha in Chennai was locked by the landlord of the building on charges that the rent agreed to was not being paid.
The school authorities said they have decided to file a defamation case against the landlord for creating "immense agony to the school and issuing false statements to the media." About 400 children of The Ashram school have been shifted to another institution.
Venkateshwaralu, the landlord, claimed the management had agreed to pay rent according to a court directive till they vacate the premises by May 2018, but had not complied.
In a statement, the management said the school had been operating from the premises for over a decade. It said: "It is not just about the rent but it is about their exploitation of the situation and it is about asking unfair, unreasonable and exorbitant increment in rentals...."<>The landlord had "harassed them by using the media continuously" when a civil dispute was pending in court, it added.