Ram comment no mistake, I don't owe any apology: Jethmalani

After an uproar over his comments on Lord Ram, senior lawyer and Bharatiya Janata Party MP Ram Jethmalani today said he had no regrets about his comment.

Talking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar on the show Devil's Advocate, Jethmalani said that his comment was not a mistake.

Ram Jethmalani had on Thursday had said that Lord Ram, the protagonist in the epic 'Ramayana', was a bad husband.

Ruling out any apology for his comment, Jethmalani said, "I have no obligation of any kind of apology to anyone. The press has lost its sense of humour," he said.

He also denied his statments were an attempt to embarrass the BJP and said, "I have no motivation to embarrass BJP, I want to strengthen the party."

Is the BJP taking note of Jethmalani's latest salvo? PTI

Jethmalani added that he had serious doubts as to whether Ram was a historical figure.

"It's my understanding to mythology. I have serious doubts whether Ram in that sense is a historical figure," he said.

The senior lawyer on Thursday had called Lord Ram, the protagonist in the epic 'Ramayana', a bad husband. Jethmalani was attending the release of a book on man-woman relationship when he made the remark.

Responding to a query, Jethmalani said that Ram was a bad husband as he sent his wife Sita to exile for no specific reason.

"Ram was a bad husband. I don't like him at all. Just because some fisherman said something, he sent that poor woman (Sita) to vanvaas (exile). Lakshman was even worse. When Sita was abducted, Ram asked him to go find her as she was abducted under his watch. Lakshman simply excused himself saying she was his sister-in-law and he never looked at her face, so he wouldn't be able to identify her." Jethmalani said to laughter from the audience.

When asked about his demand for BJP President Nitin Gadkari's resignation, Jethmalani said it was now a matter between the BJP president and the party. He also claimed that his stand on Gadkari has not affected his ties with Gadkari.

"The Gadkari matter is now between the BJP and the party president. I have no further part to play. The issue hasn't affected my relationship with the BJP," Jethmalani said.