TRICHY/NEW DELHI, may 15
Two days after actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal Haasan termed Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a ‘Hindu terrorist’, police in Aravakurichi registered a case against him on Tuesday evening.
The MNM, in a late night statement, said the speech was taken out of context. Based on a complaint from K V Ramakrishnan, Karur district secretary of Hindu Munnani, police registered a case against Kamal under IPC sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings).
Citing Kamal’s remarks, a BJP leader also moved a PIL in the Delhi high court on Tuesday seeking a direction to the Election Commission of India to restrict misuse of religion for political gain. The petition by BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, who is also a lawyer, also sought debarring of candidates and deregistration of parties that misused religion for electoral gain.
The court allowed the plea to be listed for hearing on Wednesday before a bench.The MNM said Kamal’s speech had been taken out of context at the behest of certain political groups with a malafide intent to promote enmity among people “for the ulterior benefits of such groups”.
The party said that in his speech at Aravakurichi, Kamal was calling for religious tolerance and co-existence and condemned extremism in whichever form and religion. “ This has been taken absolutely out of context and the speech has been painted as anti-Hindu with a malafide intent.”