A city court on Wednesday directed the Jodhpur police to register a case on a complaint filed by Sheetal Kanwar, wife of former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh, against a poster that depicted Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje as goddess and other leaders, including former Prime Minister AB Vajpayee, LK Advani, Rajnath Singh, as the deities of the Hindu community.
Legal complaint filed under various sections of the Indian Panel Code (IPC) has alleged that poster released on May 15 last has hurt the religious sentiments of the people. The complaint has urged the court to initiate action against those involved in the preparing and releasing of the controversial poster.
Kanwar has named BJP MLA from Jodhpur City Surya Kanta Vyas and a BJP worker Hemant Bohra, who prepared poster, as the accused in her complaint.
Complaint was filed before the Judicial Magistrate Hari Vallabh Khatri, who relieved from the post following a recent transfer and the case was shifted to another magistrate this morning. Judicial Magistrate Saroj Choudhary ordered the police station Udai Mandir of Jodhpur City to register a case and investigate the matter.
Kanwar alleged that the poster depicting Raje as Annapurna Devi (goddess of grains) has hurt the "religious sentiments of the Hindu community."
Other BJP leaders likes former Prime Minister AB Vajpayee, LK Advani and Rajnath Singh have been shown as Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh -- three supreme deities of the Hindu religion -- respectively. Rajasthan Ministers LN Dave and Pratap Singh Singhvi were portrayed as Kuber and Indra respectively.