A Ludhiana court on Thursday accepted a criminal complaint by a Moga resident who alleged Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had tried to create communal tension in Punjab during his 5-day visit to the poll-bound state.
In a complaint, Jagdeep Singh, president of NGO Smajik Jagriti Front, alleged Kejriwal and other AAP leaders had published pamphlets carrying pictures of former Khalistani militant jarnail Singh Bhindranwale on the latter’s birthday on February 12.
“These pamphlets were pasted on all important places, especially near Gurdwaras, which can lead to communal tension in the state,” the complaint says.
“They (AAP) also wanted to celebrate the anniversary of Bhindranwale as it is eyeing to contest the 2017 assembly polls in Punjab.”
Kejriwal’s tour to Punjab ended Monday amid a protest and attack on his car in Ludhiana.
The complaint said the AAP leaders “hatched a criminal conspiracy” to circulate the pamphlets in order to destroy communal harmony and spread terrorism in the state. It said the controversial pamphlets were also circulated on social media.
The complaint has asked the court to book Kejriwal and other AAP leaders -- Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann, AAP executive member Sanjay Singh, Faridkot MP Sadhu Singh and AAP Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur.-- under Section 505 (inciting communal tension) and 295-A (outraging religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The court scheduled the next hearing of the case on March 19, when it will decide whether to issue summons to the respondents or dismiss the complaint.
Jagdeep Singh Gill told HT: “Our front takes active role in politics but we support only secular parties,”
The complaint also stated that Ludhiana MP Ravneet Bittu had already raised the issue during the current budget session of the parliament.
“It is therefore prayed that the respondents be summoned and tried as per law,” the complaint added.