The BJP candidate for the Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat in Orissa has been slapped with a criminal case for allegedly making a hate speech in a public rally in the district, hit by communal riots last year.
The Kandhamal district administration filed a case against BJP candidate for the seat, Ashok Sahu, for his alleged inflammatory speech during electioneering on April 5, a charge denied by him.
Sahu has been booked under section 125 of the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951 (promoting enmity between classes in connection with elections) and section 153 (A) of the IPC (promoting enmity between classes).
The FIR filed at the Raikia police station on Friday said that in his speech Sahu directly “accused Christians of killing VHP leader Laxmananda Saraswati”.
“We have an audio-recording of Sahu’s speech at Raikia which has the potential of igniting a communal flare up in the district, which had witnessed attacks on Christians earlier,” a senior police officer said.
Earlier, BJP Pilibhit candidate in Uttar Pradesh Varun Gandhi was charged for making anti-Muslim speech.