Mumbai, Nov 3: A local court today issued summons against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, directing him to appear before it on December 11 for his alleged derogatory remarks against Lord Ram.
The summon was issued by a Metropolitan Court at Borivali in response to a private complaint filed by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) seeking direction to initiate action against Mr Karunanidhi under section 153 A and 295 A of Indian Penal Code (IPC) for allegedly making derogatory remarks, thereby hurting the religious sentiments of jthe Hindus.
Speaking on the controversial Sethusamudram project, Mr Karunandhi had quoted former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and said Ramayana was a story based on the fight between Aryan and Dravidian races.
''Lord Ram is an imaginary character and Ram Sethu is not a man-made bridge. The Centre should not do anything to disturb the Sethusamudram project,'' he had stated.
These remraks had irked the saffron bridage evoking sharp criticism from them.