Delhi Police have registered a case against Neelam Dubey, the spokesperson for self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, for allegedly making derogatory remarks about revered saints and religious figures during a debate on a Hindi news channel.
The police said they had also named the news channel in the FIR on the alleged charges that they aired the programme without editing out the objectionable comments. The debate was reportedly telecast on the channel on Friday and Saturday.
The FIR under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence and language, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 298 (uttering words, etc., with deliberate intent to wound religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code was registered on Sunday evening at the Parliament Street police station.
A senior police officer said the FIR was registered on the basis of a complaint filed by Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC). In the complaint, the DSGMC alleged that while defending Asaram Bapu in a recent sexual assault case, Dubey made some derogatory remarks about three saints.