FIR against Hindu religious leader for derogatory remarks against Mahatma Gandhi

Kalicharan Maharaj hailed Nathuram Godse for killing Mahatma Gandhi

December 27, 2021 09:52 am | Updated 09:52 am IST - Raipur:

File photo of Mahatma Gandhi for representation

File photo of Mahatma Gandhi for representation

Chhattisgarh Police have registered an FIR against Hindu religious leader Kalicharan Maharaj on the charge of promoting enmity between classes after he used derogatory words against Mahatma Gandhi and hailed his assassin Nathuram Godse, an official said on December 27.

During the conclusion of the two-day 'dharma sansad' at Ravan Bhata ground in Raipur on December 26 evening, Kalicharan had used an "abusive" word against the Mahatma Gandhi and asked people to elect a staunch Hindu leader as the head of the government in order to protect the religion.

His statement drew flak from leaders of the ruling Congress in the State.

“Based on the complaint of Congress leader Pramod Dubey, a case was registered against Kalicharan on December 26 night at Tikrapara police station under Indian Penal Code sections 505 (2) (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) and 294 (obscene acts),” a police official said.

Further investigation into the case is underway, he added.

During the event here, Kalicharan had said, "The target of Islam is to capture nation through politics. In front of our eyes they had captured in 1947 (referring to partition)...They had earlier captured Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. They captured Bangladesh and Pakistan through politics...I salute Nathuram Godse that he killed Gandhi." The State Congress' communication wing head, Sushil Anand Shukla, had condemned the religious leader's remarks.

"The use of abusive words against Mahatma Gandhi is highly objectionable. Kalicharan should first prove that he is a saint," he said.

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