CHENNAI: NIA probe for a tweet suggesting a ‘Dravidian Republic’ comprising Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh ? No, said Madras high court, rejecting a PIL seeking a NIA probe against Tunku Varadarajan, a British-Indian writer and journalist, for allegedly tweeting his wish that these states should form a ‘Dravidian Republic’.
Since the first bench of Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari and Justice N Mala refused to entertain the plea on Thursday, the petitioner, Vaikunth, requested the court to permit him to withdraw the plea.
Permitting the same, the bench dismissed the petition as withdrawn.
According to the petitioner, Varadarajan on February 9, posted a tweet in his twitter account that ‘I have decided that Karnataka is no longer eligible to be part of my Republic of Dravidistan, which I hope to see one day break away from the benighted cowbelt and form an enlightened republic of its own. Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will go it alone.’
The petitioner claimed that the post openly calls for secession of the four southern states from India, and wanted the court to direct the NIA to initiate an impartial investigation against Varadarajan.