FIR filed against AAP MLA for ‘hate speech’ against Modi, NDA govt
An FIR was registered against Aam Aadmi Party MLA Amanatullah Khan on Friday for allegedly making derogatory remarks against the BJP government at an event last month.delhi Updated: Mar 05, 2016 00:04 IST
An FIR was registered against Aam Aadmi Party’s Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan on Friday for allegedly making derogatory remarks against the NDA, two days after the BJP filed a police complaint.
A delegation of BJP leaders, including the party’s Delhi chief Satish Upadhyay, met police commissioner Alok Kumar on Wednesday and submitted a copy of the video “obtained from social media”.
“The accused has been caught on camera delivering a hate speech in a video which is going viral on social media in which AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan (is) using derogatory remarks against Modi-government and inciting the crowd for gherao of Union home minister Rajnath Singh’s house,” the FIR stated.
The event was purportedly recorded at a Mushaira at Lal Qila last month, where Khan allegedly spoken in favour of releasing a cleric arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on suspicion of having Islamic State links.
“What he said in the video is hate speech in the name of religion. He not only used derogatory language of government but also instigated to people to ensure that Abdus Sami, who was arrested by NIA for alleged terror links, release,” alleged Vivek Garg, the complainant.
Khan is being charged under section 504 of the Indian Penal Code which deals with intentional insult to provoke breach of peace. Police said they were investigating the charges.
While the AAP questioned the authenticity of the evidence, Khan defended himself stating he was merely criticising the “anti-Dalit” and “anti-minority” policies of the BJP-led central government.
I spoke against the policies of the government, given the way it is suppressing the rights and freedom of Dalits, minorities and students, and sending them to jail after framing them in false cases,” he said.