Tamil Nadu BJP leader H Raja booked for ‘outburst’ during Vinayaka idol procession

The BJP leader has been embroiled in several controversies in the past over his remarks on various issues.

Published: 16th September 2018 02:37 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th September 2018 03:27 AM   |  A+A-

BJP national secretary H Raja arguing with police officials in Pudukkottai district on Saturday | Express

By Express News Service

PUDUKKOTTAI, CHENNAI: A day after a video clip of BJP national secretary H Raja allegedly passing derogatory remarks against the HC and his heated exchange with an inspector in Pudukkottai went viral, a case was booked against him under 9 sections of IPC on Sunday. Raja, however, denied the charges and said the video had been edited.

Raja was in Meiyapuram that falls under Thirumayam police limits on Saturday to participate in a Vinayagar idol procession. When the organisers reportedly tried to take a detour into a road where a church was situated, police intervened and said they must stick to the permitted one. Following this, Raja engaged in heated arguments with inspector A Manoharan and others.

In the clip, inspector Manoharan is seen referring to High Court order on the subject of Vinayaga procession routes, followed by an outburst by Raja. The BJP leader singles out Manoharan and alleges he was receiving monetary favour from certain groups and goes on to accuse the whole police force as corrupt. He even questions why the policemen were still wearing uniforms even after DGP’s house was raided by CBI.

As the clip went viral, there was condemnation from advocates, politicians, and social activists who demanded that Raja be arrested. On Sunday, police booked a case, following a complaint by inspector Manoharan,  against Raja under 8 sections, including 153 A, 353, 505 (1) (b) (c), 506(1) of IPC. Cases were also booked against 7 others, including the functionaries of Hindu Munnani and BJP ,on same charges. Ponnamaravathy inspector S Karunakaran would handle the case. Speaking at the inauguration of Vinayakar procession at Koothanallur in Tiruvarur district on Sunday, Raja claimed the clipping was an edited version of what he spoke.

‘Take action for remarks’

The AIADMK and DMK on Sunday opposed BJP national secretary H Raja’s alleged remarks against the police and judiciary.

DMK organising secretary RS Bharathi, in a tweet, demanded that the Tamil Nadu government take legal action against him.

Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar deprecated the outburst against police and said the government was considering taking action and holding consultation with legal experts. He also expressed the hope that the court would take action on its own against Raja for his remarks against the judiciary.

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  • siva Ponnah

    He is not a decent politician and rowdy to be arrested and jailed for life
    3 days ago reply
  • Sikkandar

    He should be put away for life
    3 days ago reply
  • Kannan

    High court has been supporting DMK and pronouncing judgements against government. It is soft on other religions and acts against Hindus and Hindu religion at the behest of lawyers from Christian community. It sits hours and grants Medina land for mk. It takes admin in its hands.
    4 days ago reply
  • Kannan

    High court has been supporting DMK and pronouncing judgements against government. It is soft on other religions and acts against Hindus and Hindu religion at the behest of lawyers from Christian community. It sits hours and grants Medina land for mk. It takes admin in its hands.
    4 days ago reply