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Court orders filing of FIR against cricketer Hardik Pandya for alleged tweet on Ambedkar

Cricketer Hardik Pandya. File.   | Photo Credit: AP

A special court in Jodhpur has directed the police to register an FIR against cricketer Hardik Pandya (24) for his alleged remarks on Ambedkar on Twitter.

The court’s order came on Wednesday on a complaint filed by Jalore resident D.R. Meghwal, who claims to be a member of the Rashtriya Bhim Sena. He alleged that Mr. Pandya’s comments, made on December 26, 2017, were offensive and hurt people’s sentiments.

However, the alleged tweet does not exist on Mr. Pandya’s Twitter timeline anymore. Special Judge (Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe cases) Madhusudan Sharma passed the order following Mr. Meghwal’s complaint, which stated that the in-charge of the Luni police station in Jodhpur had refused to book a case against the cricketer.

Mr. Meghwal said Mr. Pandya’s comments, which allegedly questioned the reservation policy, were “derogatory” and could create divisions in society. For this act, the cricketer should get suitable punishment, stated the complaint.

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