RBVS Manian, former vice-president of Hindutva militant group, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Tamil Nadu unit was arrested by the Chennai City Police on Thursday for making derogatory comments about B.R. Ambedkar and Thiruvalluvar.
He was arrested at his residence in Rajambal Street in T. Nagar. Later, he was produced before a Magistrate in Saidapet Court.
The 76-year-old Hindutva leader was an important functionary of VHP.
Manian made derogatory speech about B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of Indian Constitution and Thiruvalluvar, the Tamil saint- poet and philosopher, besides upholding Sanatana Dharma. His speech during a programme held at T. Nagar last Monday, went viral on social media and drew flak.
Mambalam police registered a case against Manian under the provisions of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, and Indian Penal Code for offences including causing disturbance to public tranquility and creating hatred between two groups.
The case was registered based on the complaint lodged by Selvam, a Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi functionary.