Superstar Rajinikanth has refused to apologize for his comments on Dravidar Kazhagam founder and social activist EV Ramasamy, also known as Periyar, amid demands for him to do so.

Speaking to reporters outside his Poes Garden residence yesterday, the 69-year-old actor also stood by his remarks, saying they were based on news reports he had read.

The controversy ignited when Rajinikanth, while attending the 50th anniversary event of Tamil magazine 'Thuglak' on Jan 14, alleged that naked images of Lord Sriramachandramoorthy and Sita with garlands made of sandals were paraded at a superstition eradication rally held by Periyar in Salem in 1971.

No news outlet, except Thuglak, run by journalist cum actor Cho Ramaswamy, dared publish the news, he had said. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)-led state government, then led by late Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanithi, seized the magazine copies but subsequent reprints sold like "hot cakes on the black market", the actor had claimed.

Following his remarks, the Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam, a splinter group of Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam, lodged a police report against the actor and demanded his unconditional apology. The group had alleged that Rajinikanth was telling "blatant lies", and was promoting enmity and inciting hate with his comment. It also threatened to hold protests outside theatres showing the actor's latest movie, 'Darbar', if he did not apologize.

None of these seems to have thrown the actor off his stance.

"A controversy has emerged that I said something that did not happen. But I did not say anything that did not occur. I only said what I heard and things that appeared in magazines. Sorry, I will not express regret or apologize," Rajinikanth told reporters on Tuesday, while showing magazine and newspaper clippings of the alleged incident.

His comments were also not made out of his imagination, he added.

"I did not anything out of imagination or something that was not there. This incident cannot be denied but is one that needs to be forgotten," he said.

This controversy has erupted amid Rajinikanth's much anticipated debut in politics, which is expected to happen before the Tamil Nadu election next year.

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