Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi files case against DMK leader Shivaji Krishnamurthy

19 January, 2023 | Amish Mahajan

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On Thursday, Tamil Nadu Governor R N Ravi filed a criminal defamation complaint against DMK's suspended leader Sivaji Krishnamurthy for his hate speech against the former.

Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi has filed a defamation case against a suspended worker of the ruling DMK party for his controversial remarks. Officials have given information about this.

Sources say Governor RN Ravi filed a case against DMK worker Shivaji Krishnamurthy in a Chennai court yesterday.

Earlier this month, Shivaji Krishnamurthy skipped the last part of the government’s speech in the state assembly for allegedly making derogatory remarks against the Governor.

Using abuses for Governor Ravi, Krishnamurthy had said that if he could not name Ambedkar, he should go to Kashmir, where extremists would shoot him.

While addressing a party meeting, Shivaji Krishnamurthy said, didn’t you take oath in the name of the constitution? If you don’t take his name, you go to Kashmir. We will send an extremist.

Distancing itself from the controversy, the DMK last week suspended him for violating party discipline and defaming the party.

At the same time, the ruling party has accused him of working at the behest of the BJP. Matters escalated when on 9 January, the Governor went off-script while reading an official speech approved by the government in the assembly.

The Governor omitted parts of the speech that referred to secularism and mentioned leaders such as Periyar, BR Ambedkar, K Kamaraj, CN Annadurai and Karunanidhi. He allegedly did not even read the reference to the ‘Dravidian model’ that the DMK promotes.

RN Ravi walked out in a huff without waiting for the national anthem after Chief Minister MK Stalin moved a motion to take only the transcripts distributed to the members on record.

The chief minister said the Governor’s action was “against the conventions of the assembly” and urged President Draupadi Murmu to intervene and ensure Governor Ravi abides by the constitution. DMK’s allies, like Congress, have also demanded the recall of the Governor.