The Lakshmikanthan murder case was a high-profile criminal trial which was conducted in the then Madras Presidency between November 1944 and April 1947.
The cause of the trial was the murder of C. N. Lakshmikanthan, a Tamil film journalist with a hoary past.
The arrest completely broke Bhagavathar's morale. He lost all his money and died in the year 1959 in penury. Krishnan, however, did a few movies till his death and some of them were successful.
The feud between the accused and Lakshmikanthan
C. N. Lakshmikanthan was a famous film journalist of Madras Presidency whose forte was "yellow" journalism.
Lakshmikanthan desired to become a lawyer but could not afford it as his family was not well-off. However, Lakshmikanthan, with his sufficient knowledge of law, managed to establish himself as a "tout".
As he was returning to his house at Purasawalkam in a cycle-rickshaw, Lakshmikanthan was attacked by a group of unknown assailants one of whom stabbed him with a knife.
Six suspects were arrested in the days following the murder. Among them were M.K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar, N. S. Krishnan and film producer and theatre owner Sreeramulu Naidu.
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