"They say everyone is equal in front of god but that is a lie. If you give more money, you get special darshan," the DMK MP had said.

DMK MP Kanimozhi booked by Hyd police for her remarks on Tirupati
news Controversy Friday, January 26, 2018 - 07:38

A criminal case was registered against DMK MP Kanimozhi by the Saidabad police in Hyderabad, after directions from a Nampally court on Thursday.

The court issued its directions while hearing a petition by an advocate, who sought action against Kanimozhi for her remarks on the Lord Venkateshwara temple atop Tirumala.

According to reports, the case was registered under section 295 A (Maliciously insulting the religion or the religious belief of any class), 298 (Uttering, words, etc, with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person) and 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) of the IPC.

This came even as the III Town police in Telangana’s Karimnagar city, registered a case against Kanimozhi earlier this week, under Sections 153 A (Promoting enmity between different groups), 153  B (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration), 295 A and 504 of the IPC.

At a World Atheist Conference organised by the Dravidar Kazhagam in Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu last month, Kanimozhi praised the manner in which the TTD runs the temple, but then questioned the devotees' belief in the god.

She remarked that one can pay more money to buy a ticket and get special 'darshan' while others have to wait for hours and even days.

In the speech, she says that she was taken to the temple along with other MPs, by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu when they were part of a Home Affairs Committee.

"It is a very well run institution and we have a lot to learn. I give it to them," says Kanimozhi. "Since we were all MPs, we were provided a special way to see the god. They say everyone is equal in front of god but that is a lie. If you give more money and buy ticket you get special dharsanam. If not, you stand for 10 hours, 20 hours or two days. That is god," she adds.

Kanimozhi also demanded to know why there was an armed security guard to protect the money collection box kept right in front of the god. She questioned the need for a security guard and asked if god was really there, would he/she not protect it.

While Kanimozhi's speech is in line with the Dravidian ideology that emphasises on atheism, it upset several people and cases have also been filed against the DMK MP in Chennai.