Hindu Makkal Munnani files case on Bharathiraja for comment on Hindu deities
Months after the Andal controversy died down in the state, director Bharathiraja is facing police action for his comments on Hindu deities that he made in January this year.
On Sunday, a complaint was registered at Vadapalani police station against the director for his alleged comments relating to Hindu gods and on the Andal controversy centered around poet Vairamuthu.
The complaint was given by the Hindu Makkal Munnani state chief VG Narayanan at Vadapalani on January 19. 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.
Speaking to TNM, Bharathiraja said, “I haven’t received the copy of the case yet. But either way, I stand by what I said.”
In a tweet in defence of his friend, Vairamuthu said that the case on Bharathiraja is an act of revenge. "The case is not a big deal. Wounds are not new for rubber trees," he said. He also said that he would help find a solution legally.
The Madras High Court had ruled in February that a further probe in the complaint filed against director Bharathiraja will take place only if prima facie evidence is available.
Narayanan had alleged that the director’s comments had incited violence between two sections of people. Claiming inaction at the police station, he took the case to the High Court. The case came before justice MS Ramesh who said that it should be filed only if prima facie evidence is available.
Tamil poet and lyricist Vairamuthu found himself embroiled in a controversy after a speech he gave was published under the title 'Tamizhai Aandal' in Dinamani.
Director Bharathiraja came out in support of the poet in a press conference on January 12, also slamming BJP’s H Raja for his comments against the poet. In the conference, he said, “Without discrimination, Vairamuthu has taken the poets and writers of Sangam literature, Bhakthi literature and Samakalam literature to every stage and listed their contributions. How can someone attack a poet like that without a nerve in their tongue?“
Narayanan had previously filed a complaint against director SA Chandrasekhar following his comments at an audio launch. The director had reportedly said that offering money at Thirupathi amounted to bribery.