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Subramanian Swamy courts trouble over hate article

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 18, 2011
First Published: 23:17 IST(18/7/2011) | Last Updated: 09:00 IST(19/7/2011)

Janata Party president Dr Subramanian Swamy has courted trouble over his "irresponsible, inflammatory and most condemnable" article that seeks to "whip up passions and destroy the country's social fabric".

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"At a time when communities need to bond together to fight terrorism, Dr Swamy is engaged in the reprehensible task of dividing the country. He should be immediately arrested under Section 153 A of the Indian Penal Code," said Dr Abraham Mathai, vice chairman of the Minorities Commission of Maharashtra.

Two days after Dr Swamy's article appeared in the DNA newspaper, 24-year-old law student Shehzad Poonawala sought to lodge an FIR in New Delhi on July 18 for his "hate-filled article that seeks to spread the ideology of lies, hatred and divisiveness".

Disallowing the FIR plea, the station house officer at Defence Colony told Poonawala that they would need to conduct a preliminary inquiry before proceeding.

"If the police fail to set in motion an investigation, I will take up the alternative legal recourse in the matter," Poonawala said.

Writing in the aftermath of the serial bomb blasts in Mumbai, Dr Swamy spewed venom against the "Islamists", speculating that the Taliban takeover of Pakistan would become complete by 2012.

"Terrorist organisations would then focus on the unfinished chapter of Islamic conquests of India," Swamy wrote.

Calling for a "collective mindset of Hindus against the Islamic terrorists", the former Union minister propagated the theory of denying the right to vote to all Indians who (while being Muslims) do not acknowledge with pride that their ancestors were Hindus.


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