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The Madras High Court today ordered the police to register an FIR against film director P Bharathiraja if a cognizable offence is made out against him after a plea alleged that he spoke ill of Hindu gods during a film function last month. The petitioner submitted that Bharathiraja, while attending a film function on January 18, had spoken ill of Lord Ganesha and Godess Andal "with a deliberate intention to hurt the feelings of Hindus." Acting on the petition by V G Narayanan, Justice M S Ramesh directed the police to register an FIR if a cognizable offence is made out. Narayanan alleged that the director had been repeatedly doing it "to cause religious animosity among people of different faiths," which was against the Constitution. The petitioner said he had already filed a complaint with police on January 19.
However there had been no action which forced him to file the petition in court, he said.