Case Against VHP Leader for Provocative Remarks
A case has been filed against VHP leader Praveen Togadia by the police for allegedly making inflammatory statements during his visit to the city recently and a complaint was filed against him in a local court on the charge of making provocative remarks against a particular community.

An FIR was filed against Togadia under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for his alleged remarks made against the community during December last year over the Bhagyalakshmi temple row, police sources said today.

In a related development, a practising advocate Ghulam Rabbani also approached the 7th Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court seeking registration of a case against Togadia under Section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of IPC for allegedly making provocative statements and hurting the sentiments of a minority community.

"When the city was tense last month, Togadia came to Hyderabad and made provocative statements against the minority community near Charminar and the same was telecast on local TV channels," he claimed, adding that a compact disc (CD) containing video footage of his statements has been submitted to the court.

The court posted the matter to January 8 for taking a sworn statement of the complainant.

The court will record the complainant's statement and later decide whether to take cognisance of charges against Togadia or not.
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2/D-8
Jan 04, 2013
02:45 AM

Togadia said that if the Hindus were stopped from performing puja at Bhagyalakshmi temple abutting Charminar, Hyderabad would be turned into Ayodhya. As the Hindus from all over the country gathered in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, they would descend on Hyderabad similarly, he is reported to have threatened in front of media persons. Why is this just "provocative remarks" and not inflammatory speech?

Anwaar, Dallas
1/D-91
Jan 03, 2013
11:23 PM

 Indian secularism at its best. If you book a case against the MIM, then you have to "balance" it with a case against the VHP or Bajrang Dal or some such outfit. If one talks about 1984, immediately 2002 will be raised. If one talks about "painted and dented", one is immediately asked about the "50 crore girl friend". If one talks about Kalmadi, Yedyurappa is immediately brought in. Looks like two wrongs make a right in Indian political ethics.

D.L.Narayan, Visakhapatnam
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