The Madras high court on Tuesday directed the Greater Chennai city police to file a case against veteran film director Bharathiraja, if there is prima facie evidence against him for his speech inciting violence.
A complaint was registered against the director for his alleged comments relating to Hindu gods and on the Andal controversy centered around poet Vairamuthu.
Hindu Makkal Munnani represented by its state head VG Narayanan gave the complaint at Vadapalani police station.
It was alleged that the director, speaking at an event, had called the Hindu god Ganesha an “imported god”. He had also allegedly said that if poet Vairamuthu were to face any dishonour, he wouldn’t hesitate to behead those who’d caused it.
Justice M S Ramesh directed the police to register an FIR if a cognizable offence is made out. Narayanan alleged that the director had been repeatedly doing it “to cause religious animosity among people of different faiths,” which was against the Constitution.
Bharathiraja had been with a motive to cause religious animosity among people of different faith had been doing it repeatedly and hurting the feelings of the people, he added.