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India: HC raps Kamal Haasan for Hindu extremist remark

Madurai, May 20 (PTI) The Madras High Court rapped actor-politician Kamal Haasan for his Hindu extremist remark on Monday, observing that identifying a criminal with a religion, caste or race would definitely sow the seeds of hatred among people.

Granting anticipatory bail to Haasan in a case filed over his controversial remark made at a recent poll rally, Justice R Pugalendhi of the Madurai bench of the high court also said hate speeches had become a common affair of late.

India: HC reserves orders on Haasan's anticipatory bail plea

Madurai, May 16 (PTI) The Madras High Court Thursday reserved its order on the anticipatory bail petition filed by MNM chief Kamal Haasan over his "free India's first extremist was a Hindu" remark made during an election meeting in the Aravkurichi assembly constituency.

When the bail plea by the actor-politician came up, Justice B Pugalendhi reserved the orders without mentioning a date.

Police in Aravakurichi in Karur district have registered a case against the actor based on a complaint filed by a right wing activist.

India: Every religion has its own terrorist: Kamal Haasan

Chennai, May 17 (PTI) Actor-politician Kamal Haasan, who is at the centre of a raging row over his Hindu extremist remarks, Friday said "every religion has its own terrorists" and that no one can claim to be sanctimonious.

The Makkal Needhi Maiam chief also said that he was not afraid of being arrested but warned any such action would escalate tensions.

Indian Polls: EC team conducts searches at Tuticorin hotel

Tuticorin(TN), May 14 (PTI) Raids were carried out at a hotel, where DMK Chief M K Stalin is scheduled to stay near here Tuesday, following reports of alleged money distribution to voters in the Ottapidaram assembly constituency, district officials said.

Election Commission's flying squad searched cars of DMK functionaries apart from hotel rooms during the raid, which continued for one hour, they said.

The Ottapidaram consituency in-charge K N Nehru was also staying in the same hotel.

India's first terrorist was Hindu: Kamal Haasan

Aravakurichi(TN), May 13 (PTI) Makkal Needhi Maiyam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan has stoked a possible controversy, saying free India's first "terrorist was a Hindu," referring to Nathuram Godse who killed Mahatma Gandhi.

Addressing an election campaign here last night, the actor-politician said he was one of those "proud Indians" who desires an India with equality and where the "three colours" in the tricolour, an obvious reference to different faiths, "remained intact."

Indian Polls: EC orders repolling in 13 polling stations in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, May 8 (PTI) The Election Commission of India Wednesday announced conducting repolling in 13 polling stations in Tamil Nadu, where the Lok Sabha elections were held on April 18.

The repolling in Dharmapuri, Tiruvallur, Theni and Erode will be held on May 19, state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Satyabrata Sahoo told reporters.

"ECI has informed about repoll in 13 polling stations in Tamil Nadu. It will be conducted on May 19," he said.

India: Bedi 'cannot interfere' in day-to-day affairs of elected govt: HC

Chennai, Apr 30 (PTI) In a setback to Kiran Bedi, the Madras High Court Tuesday held that the Puducherry Lt Governor "cannot interfere" in the day-to-day affairs of the elected government of the Union Territory.

Justice R Mahadevan pronounced the verdict on a petition by K Laksminarayanan, a Congress MLA, challenging two communications issued in January and June, 2017, by the Ministry of Home Affairs "elevating" the power of the administrator.

He also set aside two communications of the Union government elevating the power of the Lt Governor.

India: History-sheeter held for sexual abuse of school girl

Chennai, Apr 26 (PTI) A 20-year old history-sheeter has been arrested under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor girl, police said here Friday.

Yashwanthraj was held Thursday for allegedly impregnating the 17-year old Class XI student by promising to marry her, the police said.

Based on her mother's complaint, all-woman police arrested him and a probe revealed he was a history-sheeter.

He was produced before a court and remanded in custody, they added.

India Thowheed Jamaath condemns Sri Lankan blasts

Chennai, Apr 22 (PTI) The India Thowheed Jamaath Monday strongly condemned the serial blasts in Sri Lanka, saying it was an unpardonable attack on the entire humanity and demanded maximum punishment for perpetrators of the attack.

The attacks were an onslaught against the entire humanity and not just against the Sri Lankan people, S M Backer, the leader of the city headquartered ITJ said.

The attacks unleashed on Easter Sunday, observed as a holy event by Christians, could be only construed "as a well planned and coordinated terror attack," he said in a statement.

At least 7 dead, 10 injured in India stampede

NEW DELHI, April 22 (Xinhua) -- At least seven people were killed and 10 others injured due to a stampede during a Hindu temple ceremony in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, police said Monday.

The stampede occurred near Thuraiyur in Tiruchirappalli, about 316 km south of Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu.

"Yesterday hundreds of people had gathered for the 'padikasu' (temple coin) distribution ceremony and a stampede broke out during a local temple festival here," a police official said.

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