A delegation comprising some heads of Hindu religious organisations have made a representation to Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan and Home Minister P. Sabita Indra Reddy, seeking unconditional release of Kamalananda Bharathi, who was arrested for making a ‘hate’ speech recently.
Police had booked a case against Kamalananda Bharathi for inciting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and indulging in acts detrimental to communal harmony.
On January 9, he had made a provocative speech at a rally organised to condemn the MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi’s hate speech earlier.
As the Governor was busy with President Pranab Mukherjee's visit, the delegation that included Sadananda Saraswathi of Vishwa Dharma Parishad and Shiva Swamy of Shiva Peetham met the Principal Secretary to Governor, N. Ramesh Kumar and submitted a memorandum. They were told that their memorandum would be looked into and forwarded to the concerned.
Others who were part of the delegation included Ramaraju, State president, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, M. Deshpande of the State unit of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Dronamraju Ravikumar, youth president of the Federation of Andhra Pradesh Brahmin Seva Associations.
Later, the delegation also called on Ms. Sabita Indra Reddy and put forth their demand, alleging that a false case was booked against the religious leader.
When asked, they said they had discontinued the hunger launched earlier near the Banjara Hills police station.