A TN BJP leader has been booked for hate speech by the state government(HT_PRINT)
A TN BJP leader has been booked for hate speech by the state government(HT_PRINT)

Tamil Nadu BJP functionary booked under Goondas act for repeated hate speech

  • Kalyanaraman was also booked on Thursday in a different case by the Coimbatore police under section 505 (statements creating enmity) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for a hate speech
By Divya Chandrababu | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 07:41 AM IST

A Tamil Nadu BJP functionary R Kalyanaraman has been booked under the Goondas act on Thursday by Coimbatore district collector on recommendation from the state police to ensure he doesn’t get bail in a case of hate speech, an official said.

“He is a repeat offender who has eight cases pending against him, out of which, he has secured bail in two cases. He’s under the Goondas act now as a preventive section to restrict him from seeking bail,” said Coimbatore superintendent of police (SP), A Arularasu.

Kalyanaraman is presently at the Gobichettipalayam sub-jail following his arrest for making provocative comments against Islam and Prophet Mohammed while addressing BJP cadre in Mettupalayam on January 30.

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The Goondas act is a popular name for Tamil Nadu Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Drug Offenders, Goondas, Immoral Traffic Offenders, Forest Offenders, Sand Offenders, Slum-Grabbers and Video Pirates Act, 1982. The law aims at a year-long preventive detention of habitual offenders.

On Thursday, Kalyanaraman was also booked in a different case by the Coimbatore police under section 505 (statements creating enmity) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for a hate speech in Rathinapuri in March 2020.

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