Even as Gadkari denied comparing Swami Vivekananda with Dawood and expressed "sincere regrets" over the hurt to public sentiments caused by his remarks, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad waded into the row saying the Intelligence Quotient(IQ) of the BJP chief msut be tested.
In Gujarat, a complaint was filed in a Jamnagar court seeking penal action against Gadkari.
Chief Judicial Magistrate LG Chudasama, after hearing the complainant, reserved the order till November 9, 2012.
The complaint filed by advocate Harshad Bhatt, who is also the spokesperson of Jamnagar district Congress, has also sought appropriate criminal action against BJP national spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman, who, as alleged in the complaint, had endorsed the comments made by Gadkari.
"By comparing Swami Vivekananda with the most wanted criminal of India Dawood Ibrahim, he has hurt the religious feelings of millions of his followers world wide," Bhatt complained while citing Gadkari's remarks.
Bhatt demanded penal action under sections 295 (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings) and 298 (uttering, words etc, with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
RSS disapproved Gadkari's comments saying one should be "careful" about sentiments of people.
"People like Swami Vivekananda are very respected people across the world. So when we talk about them...We have to keep in mind that sentiments of millions of people are attached to them and we should be careful about that," RSS spokesman Ram Madhav said in New Delhi.
Lalu Prasad, a former chief minister of Bihar, said, "The IQ of Gadkari must be tested for his temerity to make a comparison between Vivekanand and the fugitive don.
"It must be ascertained with whom Gadkari's IQ matches," Prasad told reporters in Patna.
Gadkari's speech at an award event in Bhopal on Sunday appeared to compare the IQ of Swami Vivekananda and Ibrahim, evoking sharp criticism from Congress and others.
Jamnagar/Patna: Nitin Gadkari got no respite from the controversy over his remarks on Swami Vivekananda and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim with a complaint in a Gujarat court on Tuesday seeking penal action against the BJP President and RSS disapproving the comments.
First Published: Tuesday, November 06, 2012, 21:48