A group of Tamil Nadu-based lawyers have filed a plea before Supreme Court Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin over his comments on ‘Sanatan Dharma’, a Sanskrit term used to describe an ‘eternal religion’. However, the court refused an emergency hearing on the matter.
Due to the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the case on an emergency basis, the case will follow the standard listing procedure.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi had compared the spread of ‘Sanatana Dharma’ to diseases like ‘COVID-19, dengue and malaria’. The DMK leader accused dharma of promoting division and discrimination among people, calling for its eradication.
VIDEO | “I am sorry. And this is not an apology for them, it is for your (journalist’s) question,” Tamil Nadu Minister Udayanidhi Stalin said in response to a media query on the demands of apologies for his remarks on “Sanatan Dharma”. pic.twitter.com/YIHTHCHrl3
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FIRs were also registered against Udhayanidhi Stalin and Karnataka Minister Priyank Kharge in Uttar Pradesh and Mumbai following their remarks.
The plaintiffs claim that these comments have hurt the sentiments and religious sentiments of those who follow Sanatan Dharma.
(Edited by : Ayushi Agarwal)
First publication: September 15, 2023 1:24 p.m. STI