Madurai

Police file case against BJP's H. Raja

Bharatiya Janata Party national secretary H. Raja. File photo

Bharatiya Janata Party national secretary H. Raja. File photo  

The FIR was filed on October 1 for his reported remarks against Dravidar Kazhagam leader Periyar, as well as Christians and Muslims, in Chennai on January 4.

The Director General of Police on Wednesday informed the Madras High Court Bench in Madurai that the Nungambakkam police in Chennai had booked a case against Bharatiya Janata Party national secretary H. Raja on October 1 for allegedly making a malicious public speech near Valluvar Kottam on January 4.

Special Public Prosecutor V.R. Shanmuganathan presented a copy of the First Information Report before a Division Bench of Justices V. Dhanapalan and V.M. Velumani who were seized of a public interest litigation petition filed by advocate A. Abdul Habur of Madurai seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry against Mr. Raja.

The SPP told the court that the FIR had been registered on the basis of a complaint lodged by Poongundren of Dravidar Kazhagam on March 22. The police had invoked Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and race) and 505 (making statements that could create enmity, hatred or ill-will between two classes) of the Indian Penal Code.

However, petitioner’s counsel P. Rathinam pointed out that the police had taken 10 long months to register the case though the speech, reportedly made against DK founder E.V. Ramasamy alias Periyar as well as Muslims and Christians, was very much available on YouTube. He doubted whether a fair probe would be conducted on the issue.

After hearing him, the judges adjourned the hearing to Thursday for the appearance of Assistant Solicitor General G.R. Swaminathan since the petitioner had also sought for a direction to the Union Home Ministry to initiate action against all those who make "inflammatory and instigative speeches" besides preventing YouTube from hosting such videos on its website.

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