Kalicharan Maharaj arrested for defamatory remarks against Mahatma Gandhi
Chhattisgarh Police have arrested Kalicharan Maharaj from 25 km away from Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. This move comes after an FIR was registered against him for allegedly abusing the father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Maharaj is being brought to Chhattisgarh by the police and will be taken to a court.
On Thursday, the Hindu Religious leader Kalicharan Maharaj has been arrested by the Chhattisgarh Police from neighboring Madhya Pradesh. This move comes after an FIR was registered against him for allegedly abusing Mahatma Gandhi. He is being brought to the State and will be taken to a court. Kalicharan, whose controversial speech against the father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi at the ‘Dharam Sansad’ led to chief patron Mahant Ramsunder Das disowning the event and walking off stage in anger, was charged with promoting enmity between communities after former mayor Pramod Dubey filed a police case. Apart from cases registered against him under IPC Sections 505(2) and 294, he has also been charged with sedition by the Chhattisgarh Police.
During the address at the Dharma Sansad, Kalicharan Maharaj said, “India was cut into two parts in front of our eyes. Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan were already separated. Bangladesh and Pakistan got separated in front of our eyes by them. They used politics to separate these parts from India. That Sinner Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi destroyed India. I bow down to Nathuram Godse Ji, who assassinated the Sinner.”
Raipur senior police officer Prashant Agarwal stated that he booked a guest house in MP’s Khajuraho but did not stay there and instead choose to stay at a rented house some 25 kms away from Khajuraho to evade the police force, who had been looking for him since the day a case was filed against him. This morning, a team of 10 policemen finally tracked him down, arrested him, and took him back to Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur.
This has led to a verbal spat between Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh administration. Narottam Mishra, the Home Minister of Madhya Pradesh has condemned the action by the police force of the neighboring state. He said “The Chhattisgarh government could have summoned him or could have called him by serving a notice and the DGP of Madhya Pradesh has been asked to immediately speak to the DGP of Chhattisgarh and register a protest for not informing MP police. Further, MP DGP has also been asked to seek clarification over violation of inter-state protocol.”
Hitting back at Mishra, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel said that no rules have been violated, and Narottam Mishra should say whether he is happy with the arrest or not.
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