A local court at Rohtak asked the police on Friday to probe hate speech allegations against sect leader Ramdev, a day after a local Congress leader moved an application against him in the court.
Congress leader Subhash Batra had sought Ramdev be booked for saying that he would behead those who did not chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ if the law permitted him to during a rally in Rohtak on April 3.
Batra filed a complaint against Ramdev for the “hate speech” with the police.
The court of additional chief judicial magistrate (ACJM) Ashwani Kumar asked the police to submit its report by April 30.
The Union government dissociated itself from remarks by Ramdev and a similar one made by Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis who suggested that those who refuse to say ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ had no right to stay in India.
The damage control exercise by Naidu came in the face of BJP’s reluctance to be drawn into the controversy involving the two.
He said, “Did the chief minister pass any legislation on it? In a democracy, people will say so many things. At the end, what the government decides is binding on all.”
Ramdev is the brand ambassador of the Haryana government for yoga.