Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has directed the Director General of Police PS Gill to thoroughly investigate an incident of blasphemy in which the Star Plus channel in one of the episodes of the serial Bidaai on October 6, had allegedly made certain objectionable and derogatory remarks with reference to Bhagwan Valmik ji and sought examplenary punishment for the guilty involved in the incident.
An assurance to this effect was given by Badal to a high level delegation of Valmik Samaj led by its president Raj Kumar Atikay in a meeting in Chandigarh on Monday.
Terming the channel episode as a deliberate attempt to disturb the congenial atmosphere of peace and communal harmony in Punjab, Badal said :" It has not only hurt the sentiments of Valmik Samaj but also stirred the emotions of the people in general”. He reiterated that peace, communal harmony and religious tolerance in Punjab would be maintained at all costs and no one will be allowed to play with the religious sentiments of the people.
Meanwhile, Badal also called up Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni and urged her to immediately initiate action against the channel for violation of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act 1995.
The state government had already amended the Section 295-A by invoking special provisions to make the law far stricter as non-bailable offence and enhancing the sentence from three to seven years, added Badal.
It may be recalled that acting on the complaint lodged by the Valmik Samaj, the Jalandhar SSP has sent a special team of police personnel to Mumbai for preliminary investigations and a case has already been registered against the producer, director, script writer besides the actors involved in the controversial episode under Section 295-A, 153-A of IPC.