Tamil Nadu BJP president K Annamalai faces prosecution for alleged hate speech (Indian Express)

As state govt gives go-ahead to file case against him, Annamalai alleges political vendetta.

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The Tamil Nadu Public (Law and Order) Department issued an order on April 25, granting permission to proceed against Annamalai. (PTI Photo)

By  Arun Janardhanan

The Tamil Nadu government has granted sanction to prosecute BJP’s state president K Annamalai over allegations of promoting disharmony among communities. The sanction is based on a complaint filed by activist Piyush Manush, accusing Annamalai of propagating enmity through a speech delivered in September 2022 in Madurai.

In his speech, Annamalai spoke about an incident from 1956 involving DMK founder and former Chief Minister C N Annadurai, insinuating that certain remarks made by Annadurai had offended devotees of Goddess Meenakshi Amman, which led to an apology after a warning from Forward Bloc leader Muthuramalinga Thevar. While the veracity of this event has been questioned by many, Manush filed a complaint with the Salem police and district administration, seeking legal action against Annamalai.

This story was originally published in indianexpress.com. Read the full story here.


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