Supreme Court Rebukes Udhayanidhi Stalin Over ‘Sanatana Dharma’ Remarks

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a stern rebuke to Tamil Nadu Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin, a leader of the DMK party, regarding his controversial remarks on ‘Sanatana Dharma’. The court criticized him, stating that he had misused his privileges, emphasizing his responsibilities as a minister. This occurred during a hearing on Stalin’s plea to consolidate FIRs filed against him over his alleged comments.

Representing Stalin, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi referred to previous verdicts, including those related to Arnab Goswami, Mohammad Zubair and others while arguing to club the FIRs. However, the Supreme Court suggested approaching the High Court for resolution instead.

Singhvi expressed concerns about navigating multiple courts, labeling the situation as “persecution before prosecution.” Consequently, the court scheduled the case for a hearing next week.

The controversy revolves around remarks made by Udhayanidhi Stalin in September 2023, where he called for the eradication of ‘Sanatana Dharma’, likening it to coronavirus and malaria. As the son of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, his comments sparked widespread debate and criticism.

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