The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Chennai City Police today (Mar 28) filed a case against DMK MP and former Union Minister A. Raja for his obscenity-laden tirade against Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Tamil Samayam reported.
The police case has been booked against DMK MP under three sections including Section 294 of the Indian Penal Code – causing nuisance in public places. Police action comes in the wake of massive protests by AIDMKcadres seeking police action against Raja.
The AIADMK has earlier lodged a complaint with Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo against Raja for his speech during his campaign at Thousand Lights constituency on Friday.
Party’s advocate wing State joint secretary C Thirumaran, in the complaint, urged the Election Commission to ban Raja from taking any further part in any poll campaigns.
Thirumaran alleged that Raja had violated election code as well as Indian Penal Code by "repeatedly making vulgar and scandalous speeches" against the chief minister. He referred to the DMK leader's recent speech in the Thousand Lights constituency where he made certain remarks loaded with insinuation about Mr Palaniswami's "birth".
Comparing the political trajectory of DMK president M.K Stalin and CM Edapadi Palaniswamy during a campaign speech, the former Union Minister said "Stalin was born in the proper way, nine months after a ceremonial marriage performed with rituals. Whereas Edappadi was born as a premature baby born out of an illegitimate relationship".
In another speech earlier, Raja referred to Edapadi Palanisamy in a derogatory manner saying that the chief minister was "worth less than [DMK chief MK] Stalin's slipper".
As the video of Raja's Thousand Lights speech went viral on social media, it received widespread condemnation.
Raja however claimed that his speech has been quoted out of context and misinterpreted in the social media.
"I just compared how Stalin and Palaniswami came up to the leadership roles. While Stalin came up gradually from grassroots level, Palaniswami reached the CM post by touching VK Sasikala’s feet. I have no intention to criticise the honourable CM as I hold a responsible position in the DMK.” Raja said.
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