Tamil Nadu

Explain basis for registering case against evangelist: HC

Says FIR against Lazarus lacks details

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday directed the Nagercoil police not to file a charge sheet against evangelist Mohan C. Lazarus until further orders after it was established that the FIR registered against him for his remarks against Hindu gods carried no particulars of place, time or date of the alleged occurrence.

Justice N. Anand Venkatesh, hearing the plea of Mohan Lazarus, who sought to quash the complaint filed against him, questioned if a case could be booked under Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings) after it was alleged that the speech was made in a closed event. The court sought an explanation to ascertain the facts of the event.

Mr. Lazarus, in his petition, said the case of the prosecution was that he had spoken against Hindu gods and referred to them as Satan. He claimed that he did not intend to hurt anyone and the complaint was based on a speech delivered in 2014 at a pastors’ meet in Chennai, which was a closed event.

The Nagercoil police had booked him based on a complaint filed by Nambirajan of the Hindu Munnani under Section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups) and Section 295A of the IPC. Hearing in the case has been adjourned to October 24.

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