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Sanatan Dharma remark: Supreme Court lawyer files complaint against DMK leader A Raja 

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A practising Advocate of the Supreme Court on Thursday filed a complaint with the Delhi Police against Deputy General Secretary of DMK and MP Andimuthu Raja for comparing the Sanatan Dharma with social stigma attached to diseases such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Leprosy. 

Terming it a hate speech, Advocate Chirag Aneja filed a complaint at Saket Police Station, alleging that the MP made such outrageous and slanderous remarks on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami, in order to outrage and hurt the religious feelings of Sanatan Dharma followers.

He further said that the DMK leader was aware of the country hosting the G20 Summit on September 9 and 10 in New Delhi. Raja made such comments to provoke the breach of peace and harmony between different religious communities, thereby attempting to create riots and wage a war-like situation in the country. 

The complaint also mentioned the statement given by Udhayanidhi Stalin, another DMK Minister and son of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, who had equated the Sanatan Dharma with contagious diseases such as Dengue, Malaria and Covid-19.

The lawyer sought registration of an FIR and strict action against A. Raja for attempting to strike at the sovereignty of the State, waging war against the country and defaming the nation on an international platform.

Earlier in the day, A Raja had stoked a new controversy even before the row over Tamil Nadu Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin on his Sanatana Dharma comment could die. Instead of cooling down the matter, the DMK General Secretary equated Sanatan Dharma with HIV and leprosy.

Speaking during a ‘Sanatana Abolition Conference’, the Tamil Nadu Minister for Youth Welfare and Sports Development compared Sanatan Dharma to viral diseases and asserted that the ideology must not only be opposed, but ‘eradicated’.

He said few things cannot be opposed, which should be abolished only. Dengue, Mosquitoes, Malaria or Corona cannot be opposed, they have to be eradicated. Sanatan Dharma should also be eradicated in a similar way, rather than opposing it.

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