A picture of actress Sukanya.IB Times India

Actress Sukanya has won an 18-year old legal battle against Sun TV. A Fast Track Court on Friday, 17 April, passed a verdict and ordered the TV channel to pay ₹10,00,500 as compensation.

Sukanya had filed a case against Sun TV, editor Nakkeeran Gopal and late forest brigand Veerappan at Madras High Court in 1996. She had raised objections over some derogatory comments made by Veerappan against the actress in an interview with Gopal, and the channel for airing the interview.

"The interview footage, filmed by the reporter of a Tamil bi-weekly "Nakkeeran" was given to the TV channel as part of an agreement between the magazine and the channel," a report on Times of India adds.

She had demanded a compensation for damages done by the interview and the case was later transferred to a Fast Track Court.

Finally, after 18 years the court announced the verdict. While Gopal was acquitted, Sun TV was ordered to pay damages to Sukanya.

Sukanya had acted  in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada movies. She was a popular actress from 1991 to 1997. After her marriage failed in 2003, she returned to acting and was seen in supporting roles.

Apart from acting, Sukanya has composed devotional music.