Tamil Nadu govt gives sanction for proceedings against Annamalai

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Tamil Nadu unit president K Annamalai revealed on Sunday that the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) government has given approval to prosecute him for recounting an incident from 1956 involving DMK founder C N Annadurai and freedom fighter Muthuramalinga Thevar.

In an X post, Annamalai shared a copy of the government sanction, stating, “In the last 3 years, the draconian DMK Govt has filed plenty of cases against me & our BJP Karyakarthas for speaking the truth & has recently issued a sanction to prosecute me yet again.” He added that the sanction was for recalling a historical event.

Annamalai remarked, “I wholeheartedly thank the DMK Govt for allowing us to recall what Deivathirumaganar Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar said in 1956, which they wish to erase from people’s memories.” He affirmed that they would continue to expose the truth despite legal actions.

The sanction for prosecution was granted under Section 196 of the CrPc, which necessitates prior government approval for offences like promoting enmity (Sec 153 A, IPC). The order followed a request from a resident, V Piyush, to the District Collector of Salem.

Annamalai’s comments during a demonstration on September 11, 2023, triggered the recent sanction. He referenced Annadurai’s critical remarks against the Hindu faith in the 1950s, opposed by Muthuramalinga Thevar.

Clarifying his stance, Annamalai stressed that he did not disparage Annadurai but highlighted a historical event. He supported his statement with news reports from June 1956, indicating the context of the Tamil Sangam event.