In April this year, BJP’s National Secretary H Raja tweeted a jibe against Kanimozhi, referencing her being the daughter of Karunanidhi.

H Raja booked for illegitimate child jibe against DMK MP Kanimozhi
news Controversy Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 19:07

Five months after H Raja tweeted referencing DMK’s Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi being the daughter of M Karunanidhi, the BJP National Secretary has been booked in Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu on Saturday.

The action has been taken on a complaint by K Velusamy, the Kaniyur Panchayat Secretary of the DMK.

H Raja has been booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 500 (Punishment for defamation) and 501 (Printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory).

In April this year, H Raja took a veiled shot at Rajya Sabha MP and DMK President M Karunanidhi’s daughter, Kanimozhi on Twitter.

Attacking the DMK leader for lending support to a woman journalist who had condemned Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit’s inappropriate behaviour towards her, Raja wrote, “Would journalists question the leader who made his illegitimate child, from an illegitimate relationship, a Rajya Sabha MP, just like they questioned the Governor? Memories of Chidambaram Udayakumar, Anna Nagar Ramesh, Perambalur Sadiq Basha would haunt them.”

DMK led protests across the state following the tweet. Kanimozhi, who said it was beneath her to raise to Raja's bait, also pointed out that this was the mindset prevalent against women.

“Either you patronise a woman as seen in the press conference, or you try to personally attack her. Can a woman not be present in public places? This incident has shown what happens when a woman comes out in support of another,” she told TNM at the time.

A day Raja's tweet, Muralidhar Rao, the National General Secretary of the BJP said, “Such remarks do not represent BJP's view neither they are in line with our party's culture.”

Less than a week ago, H Raja was booked for his ‘scandalous’ comments against the Tamil Nadu police and the Madras High Court.

Soon after a video of an angry Raja abusing the police and courts went viral, Raja told the press that it was not his voice in that video and that the voice had been dubbed by someone else. H Raja has also been directed to appear in Court in four week's time.

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