An ultra right wing outfit calling itself The Hindu Sena filed a complaint against actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan at Patiala House Courts in New Delhi on Tuesday for terming Nathuram Godse, the killer of Mahatma Gandhi, a “Hindu terrorist”.
The matter is likely to be listed before a Metropolitan Magistrate on May 16. Vishnu Gupta, president of Hindu Sena, in his complaint said Mr. Haasan on Monday had said independent India's first “extremist was a Hindu — Nathuram Godse”.
"Haasan made the remarks with mala-fide and criminal intention to denigrate the Hindu religion and to promote of hatred between Hindus and Muslims,” Gupta said. He did not explain how calling Godse a Hindu terrorist will provoke Muslims.
The complainant has sought Haasan’s prosecution for alleged offences punishable under IPC Sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, language etc) and 295-A (outrage religious feelings by insulting religion etc). The offences are punishable with three- year jail term or fine, or both.
Kamal made the remark while campaigning for his Makkal Needhi Maiyam candidate for Aruvakurichi Assembly poll. He said:" Independent's first terrorist was a Hindu and he was Nathuram Godse".
This is the latest in a series of gaffes Kamal has become famous for. There are numerous definitions on what constitutes an act of terror.
Even the assassination of the Father of the Nation has not been held to be an act of terror, as Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman pointed out.
The assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by an LTTE hit squad was not taken to be an act of terror by the Supreme Court. Though they accused were tried under the Terrorist Disruptive Acts( Prevention 0f Act (TADA), the apex court upheld their convictions under the normal laws of the land, the Indian Penal Code, the Explosives Substances Act and the Passport Act.
The finding was that though the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi led to disruption of the Lok Sabha polls, it was not such as to overawe the State to constitute an act of terror.
Kamal's loose comment has invited an equally absurd reaction from Tamil Nadu Minister Rajendra Balaji. He has said he will cut Kamal's tongue if he persists with his anti-Hindu comments.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while campaigning in Maharashtra, said it was Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shinde who coined the Hindu terror phrase.
Modi reportedly said Hindu and terror cannot go together and not the standard response that terrorism knows no religion or colour.