Telangana BJP MLA booked after alleged video shows him hurting religious beliefs | Latest India News
A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP has been arrested by Hyderabad police for allegedly undermining the religious beliefs of a minority community by making defamatory statements.
Raja Singh, the MP for Goshamahal constituency of Telangana, was booked on the basis of a complaint from Mohammed Ali, a resident of Hyderabad. Ali said he saw a video on social media that shows Singh making a comment that hurts the religious beliefs of his community.
The Hindustan Times could not independently verify the video.
Police say the MP was convicted – based on Ali’s complaint – under Section 295A (willful and malicious acts, intended to outrage the religious feelings of any class by insulting their religion or beliefs nuns) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The case was filed at Kanchanbagh police station.
“We are investigating the matter. The authenticity of the video has not yet been confirmed. The date and time of the video is also not confirmed,” said P Uma Maheshwar Rao, PS Inspector of Kanchanbagh , quoted by the ANI news agency.
Singh is known for his controversial statements along community lines. In 2017, he was arrested by Hyderabad police for allegedly threatening to ‘behead’ those trying to stop the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, and also for making inflammatory remarks against Muslims.
The latest incident comes as the government faces backlash from Muslim-majority countries over statements about the Prophet Muhammad made by former BJP spokespersons Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal.
The BJP took action against both – Sharma was suspended and Jindal expelled.
The terrorist group Al-Qaeda in the Subcontinent (AQIS) has threatened to carry out suicide attacks in Mumbai, Delhi, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh to “fight (for) the dignity” of the Prophet.
In a letter dated June 6, AQIS warned “saffron terrorists” and said they would find refuge “neither in their homes nor in their fortified military cantonments”, the news agency reported. ANI.