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Rohit Khanna | TNN | Kolkata | July 14, 2018:: A metropolitan magistrate court in Kolkata on Friday asked Congress leader Shashi Tharoor to appear before it in connection to a criminal complaint filed against him following his “Hindu Pakistan” jibe. In another case filed with the city court, Nasir Ul Islam— deputy grand mufti of Jammu and Kashmir has been summoned by the court.
Tharoor was embroiled in a major controversy after his remark that if voted to power again, the Bharatiya Janata Party would change the constitution to make India a Hindu Pakistan+. While the comment drew flaks from the saffron brigade, Congress distanced itself from the comment of the Thiruvananthapuram MP. During a lecture, Tharoor claimed that lacking two third majority in the Rajya Sabha stopped the BJP from rewriting the constitution.
Based on Tharoor’s comments a city lawyer on Friday filed a criminal complaint with the Bankshall court claiming that it has hurt the religious sentiments of the Indians and the comment was an insult to the constitution. “He has intended to create a great conflict and disharmony based on religious divide. He has even refused to apologise for the remarks,” advocate Sumeet Chowdhury said.
Alleging that Tharoor has compared India with other Islamic states like Pakistan the lawyer said, “the case has been filed under sections 153A and 295A of the Indian Penal Code and section 2 of The Prevention of Insults To National Honour Act, 1971.”
In another case filed against Nasir Ul Islam, the vice president of the Muslim Personal Law Board of Jammu and Kashmir by Sharad Kumar Singh, the city court has asked the accused to appear before it. Islam had earlier commented that the Muslims in India need to demand a separate country for themselves+.
“The case has been filed against Nasir Ul Islam under sections 121A, 153A, 295A of IPC. In both the cases the court has asked the accused persons to appear before it on August 14,” Chowdhury said.