Kamal Haasan holds meeting with lawyers

Chennai, May 16:

Haasan, founder of new political outfit Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), has held a consultative meeting with his lawyers after his remark on Nathuram Godse kicked up a row across the country.

Haasan kicked up a controversy this week with his comment that free India’s first extremist was a Hindu, a reference to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse.

He was staying at a star hotel at Pamparpuram area in Kodaikanal for the past two days but he did not meet any party functionary. He was holding a meeting with his lawyers on facing the legal battle. Then he left for Madurai. In the meantime, Haasan left for Madurai.

In the meantime, coordinator Manikkam of Ayya Vaikundam Makkal katchi, lawyer Tamilvendhan and TVK nagar BJP secretary Prabhakaran have lodged a complaint with the police commissioner here seeking action against him.

Karur district police have booked him for ‘promoting enmity’. The Makkal Needhi Maiam chief was on the campaign trail in the Aravakurichi constituency on Sunday when he said that independent India’s first extremist was a Hindu and that his name was Nathuram Godse.

Godse was the man who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi. Following this, Kamal Haasan received condemnation from the BJP, the AIADMK and the AMMK. The actor had called off campaign events on Monday and Tuesday.  An FIR was registered following a complaint by Hindu Munnani’s Karur district secretary KV Ramakrishnan.

The actor has been booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings). The district police chief warned of strict action against ‘people provoking violence on grounds of religion and language.’

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