The Madras High Court on Wednesday refused to entertain a petition by MNM chief Kamal Haasan seeking quashing of an FIR registered against him over his “free India’s first extremist was a Hindu” remark made during an election campaign meeting in Aravkurichi Assembly segment. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Polls: In Talks For Alliance With Good Parties, Says Kamal Haasan

Justice B Pugalendhi of the Madurai Bench said such pleas cannot be taken up as emergent petitions during the vacation. Also Read - Former Godse Follower Joins Congress Ahead of Madhya Pradesh Civic Polls in Presence of Kamal Nath

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The FIR was registered by Aravakurichi police on Tuesday for his “free India’s first extremist (theeviravathi) was a Hindu” statement made in Tamil.

The case was registered under Sections 153A and 295A of the Indian Penal Code, which deal with ‘outraging religious feelings’ and ‘promoting enmity between different groups’ respectively.

Haasan had said on Sunday that “free India’s first extremist was a Hindu”, referring to Nathuram Godse who killed Mahatma Gandhi.

By-poll to Aravakurichi Assembly segment is scheduled on May 19.