Andal row: Madras HC says no case against Bharathiraja without prima facie evidence
The complaint was given by the Hindu Makkal Munani represented by its state head 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.
Following the speech, the Hindu Makkal Munani’s Narayanan filed a complaint at the Vadapalani police station on grounds 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 next. 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?
Also to be noted here is that VG Narayanan had previously filed a complaint against director SA Chandrashekar following his comments at an audio launch. The director had reportedly said that putting money in Thirupathi hundiyal amounted to bribery.