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AAP ex-MLA booked for hurting religious sentiments

He deleted the post after social media backlash. Later, he claimed that the image was mistakenly published by his son during an online class

cities Updated: Aug 14, 2020 19:51 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Amritsar
Jarnail Singh
Jarnail Singh(HT File )

Amritsar Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) former MLA Jarnail Singh has been booked for hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus. A local resident, Gaurav Sharma, had complained at the Cantonment police station after Jarnail shared objectionable comments against Hindu gods on his Facebook account. He was booked on Friday.

After his post surfaced, the AAP suspended Jarnail, its prominent Sikh face and former MLA of Rajouri Garden segment in Delhi, on Thursday. He deleted the post after social media backlash. Later, he claimed that the image was mistakenly published by his son during an online class.

“My little son had taken my phone for his online class. He posted an image which I have deleted. I respect all the names of God Ram, Gobind, Keshav, Sadashiv and follow the principles of Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib,” a rough translation of his clarification that was issued in Gurmukhi reads.

“The AAP is a secular party and has no place for anyone who disrespects any religion. The Sikh community is also very sad, because such kind of action is also against the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev,” a release from the AAP stated. Station house officer Inderjit Singh Dhaliwal said an FIR has been registered against Jarnail under Sections 295-A (deliberate acts to outrage religious feelings) of the IPC and 67 of IT Act, 2000.

NO APOLOGY ACCEPTABLE: MANN

In Bathinda, AAP MP Bhagwant Mann said on Friday that the party was in no mood to consider apology tendered by its senior leader Jarnail Singh over derogatory comment on Hindu gods. At a press conference, Mann said the former Delhi MLA acted in a very irresponsible manner and his conduct is beyond any negotiation.

“AAP is firm that if any person is seen involved in mocking any faith or practices in any manner will not be accepted. His suspension from the primary membership is justified. His voluntary deletion of the defamatory post from his Facebook page will not make the party leadership rethink over his suspension,” said Mann.

While stating that the state unit is being restructured and the rebel leaders will be roped in again, the Sangrur said the party may announce a CM face in the next assembly elections.

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