Friday, June 7, 2013

HS dismisses petition against minister over hate speech

The Madurai bench of the Madras high court has dismissed a petition seeking direction to the director general of police (DGP), to register an FIR against the Union minister of state (MoS) in the Prime Minister's Office N Narayanasamy for his statement against the slain LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabakaran and Naam Thamizhar Katchi's co-ordinator Seeman.

A Madurai-based advocate C Ramesh had filed the writ petition before the Madurai bench a week ago, in which he contended that the statement of Narayanasamy was in the way of promoting enmity between Tamil-speaking and non-Tamil speaking Indians.

In his petition, the petitioner mentioned that Seeman had sought permission to conduct a public meeting in Cuddalore in support of the LTTE, for which the MoS had said that Seeman should be arrested and lodged in jail for 10 years for his act of supporting the LTTE. Besides, he further said that the LTTE leader Prabhakaran was a coward, who hid behind women and children at the time of war.

Following his statement, when the petitioner filed police complaint on May 21, there was no action taken on it. Hence, he filed a writ petition.

When the petition came up before the division bench comprising Justices N Paul Vasanthakumar and P. Devadass on Thursday, the bench dismissed the petition quoting jurisdiction reason.

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