Mahatma Gandhi’s great-grandson Tushar Gandhi has been booked by police in Jalandhar for allegedly making derogatory remarks about freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.
Police acted on Sunday after BJP leader Kishan Lal Sharma filed a complaint against Tushar, saying he had hurt the sentiments of the people.
In his complaint to police commissioner Yurinder Singh Hayer, Sharma accused Tushar of insulting Bhagat Singh during a function in Jaipur on May 8.
Sharma said, “(Tushar) Gandhi’s statement that Shaheed Bhagat Singh was a criminal for the British rulers and thus Mahatma Gandhi did not intervene to get his death sentence commuted is an insult of the martyr.”
The police commissioner forwarded Sharma’s accusation for inquiry to ADCP (crime) J Elanchezhian, who found the complaint to be genuine and ordered the chief of police station-8 to register a case.
Police registered a case against Tushar under under Section 295(A) of the Indian Penal Code, which relates to deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.
BJP workers led by Sharma also burnt an effigy of Tushar at the Bhagat Singh Chowk.
Sharma, who also heads the NGO Jan Jagriti Manch that has been organising programmes on Bhagat Singh for the past 20 years, demanded that Tushar be arrested immediately.