Madras: BJP National Secretary H Raja on Monday rendered an unconditional apology before the Madras High Court for his derogatory remarks against the judiciary during a Vinayaka Chaturthi procession last month.Also Read - Congress President Election: Mallikarjun Kharge Enters The Race, Reports
Appearing in person before the Madras HC, Raja said he spoke in a fit of rage and later realised his mistake. Also Read - Suryakumar Yadav Set to Join Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni With Massive Milestone
Following the apology from the BJP leader, the Bench of Justices CT Selvam and Nirmal Kumar decided to close the matter against him. Also Read - Work From Home Forever: This Company Urges Employees to Continue WFH, Shuts Down Offices. Deets Here
Raja submitted that his remarks were emotional and accidental, and that he had only realised that they were wrong after he later viewed video footage of the exchange.
On September 17, the Madras High Court had taken suo moto cognisance of Raja’s video in which he called the police “anti-Hindu” and “high corrupt” and used inappropriate language against the judiciary.
The video was shot when Raja was stopped from taking out Ganesh procession at Meyyapuram village in Tamil Nadu’s Pudukottai district. After the video went viral, Raja had claimed that the video was edited to create false propaganda against him.
His remarks raked up a storm, with advocates as well as politicians of both the AIADMK and the DMK calling for strong legal action against him.
An FIR was registered was against Raja and he along with several others has been book under IPC sections 143 (unlawful assembly); 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant); 153(a) (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony; 290 (public nuisance); 294(b) (uttering obscene words in public place); 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharging of his duty); and 506(i) (criminal intimidation), according to a news 18 report.