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 - India Corona Vaccine Latest News: Bharat Biotech's 'Covaxin' to be Tested For Phase-3 Trials in Uttar Pradesh | Read Here
Appearing in person before the Madras HC, Raja said he spoke in a fit of rage and later realised his mistake. Also Read - Dream11 IPL 2020 Points Table Updated After KKR vs MI, Match 5: Who is at The Top, Most Run-Getter And Wicket-Taker?
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 - Delhi University First Cut-off List 2020: Know Here When it Will be Released | Latest Updates
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.