The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday hit back at the SAD by lodging a criminal case against chief minister Parkash Singh Badal under Section 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of IPC in the court of judicial magistrate Ist Class. To avenge an FIR against its senior leader Ashish Khetan, the party chose the old case of CM’s pictures on the bicycles that the government distributed to girl students under the Mai Bhago scheme. The complainant, the party’s media in-charge from Chabbewal, Kulwant Singh, has alleged that the cycles carried pictures of Sikh warrior Mai Bhago on the chain cover of the cycles which hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community. The court has listed the hearing on August 5.
The complainant has said that CM’s photos were pasted on the front of the baskets but Mai Bhago’s pictures had been ‘deliberately’ put near the pedals.
AAP national executive member Naveen Jairth said the matter cam to the notice of the complainant only recently. SAD has called it a desperate step. District SAD chief and Garhshankar MLA Surinder Singh Bhulewal Rathan said that the government had, long ago done away with CM’s photos and no new lot of bicycles carried the same.