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Complaint against Dadlani, Poonawala for tweets on Jain monk

india Updated: Aug 31, 2016 09:56 IST
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Members of Jain Samaj shout slogans and hold placards to protest against Vishal Dadlani's tweet on Jain monk Tarun Sagar, in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

A complaint was lodged with police on Tuesday against music composer Vishal Dadlani for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Jain community through their tweets on monk Tarun Sagar.

A lawyer, Sehul Shah (28), lodged the complaint with Bundgarden police station, alleging that the tweets posted by Dadlani and one Tehseen Poonawala on Twitter about monk Tarun Sagar had offended Jains.

Similar cases were registered against the duo in various parts of the country.

They had tweeted about Sagar, a Digambar sect monk who appears nude, who had delivered an address in Haryana Assembly last week.

“The tweets by Dadlani and Poonawala have hurt the sentiments of Jain community and as the act was done with a motive to hurt the religious sentiments of the community, I lodged a complaint against them,” said Shah.

A station duty officer at the police station said they have registered the case under section 295 (A) (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of IPC.

Earlier, Dadlani had come under sharp criticism from several quarters, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, for posting a “sarcastic” tweet on Sagar’s address in Haryana Assembly, where he was invited by Haryana government to deliver a lecture ‘Kadve Vachan’ last Friday.

After drawing a severe flak, Dadlani had tendered an apology for his tweet and also deleted it.

He also apologised to the Jain monk on Twitter.

Dadlani, a staunch AAP supporter, later announced quitting “all active political work” on his volition.