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Madras HC issues notice to Karuna for hateful remark made over a decade ago

Chennai, Apr 20 (): The Madras High Court on Friday issued a notice to DMK president M Karunanidhi regarding a petition seeking a direction to the Tamil Nadu police to investigate the former chief minister and also to file a complaint against him for making a controversial statement against the Hindu religion at a public meeting over a decade ago.

The bench comprising Justice N Kirubakaran of the Madras high court observed that the petitioner is free to serve private notice through speed post or courier or telegram to the former chief minister returnable by April 23. Justice N Kirubakaran on Friday issued a notice to the Chief Minister after advocate G Karthikeyan requested the court to file the case and seek a fair probe into the matter.

The petitioner in his petition has pointed to a media report on October 24, 2002, that the former chief minister while addressing a public meeting said that the word Hindu indicates “thief “and thus the petitioner claimed that as he was a Hindu the words which Karunanidhi had mentioned against the religion is not fair and has hurt his religious sentiments.

The petitioner also claimed that the statement was intended to create religious discord in the state which was hateful and seemed to be planned by the DMK president. The petitioner in his argument told the court that even after filing a complaint at Mambalam Police Station on October 25, seeking action against the DMK chief, police failed to act.

Later, the police filed a FIR on January 6, 2006, but did not take action against the DMK president for his offensive remark against a particular community, said the petitioner.

 In the year 2002 Karunanidhi’s remark against the community was carried by the next day newspaper which not only hurt the Hindu sentiments but also created tension in the society.