BJP files police complaint against Prashant Bhushan for ‘insulting’ Lord Krishna
Bhushan, a prolific tweeter, had taken to the micro blogging site earlier on Sunday to flay the “Anti- Romeo” squad formed in Uttar Pradesh at the behest of newly elected chief minister Yogi Adityanath.Updated: May 30, 2017 07:00 IST
A police complaint has been filed against Prashant Bhushan, a senior advocate and the co-founder of the new political party Swaraj Abhiyan, for his alleged ‘inflammatory tweets’ against ‘Lord Krishna.’
Delhi BJP spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga filed the complaint at the Tilak Marg police station.
Police, however, are yet to file an FIR.
Bhushan, a prolific tweeter, had taken to the micro blogging site earlier on Sunday to flay the “Anti- Romeo” squad formed in Uttar Pradesh at the behest of newly elected chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
“Romeo loved just one lady, while Krishna was a legendary Eve teaser. Would Adityanath have the guts to call his vigilantes Anti-Krishna squads?” asked Bhushan.
The comment has since been retweeted over 650 times, and garnered over 3,500 replies.
Many Twitter users have retorted claiming that Bhushan’s alleged dig at ‘Lord Krishna’ was an attack on Hinduism and Hindus.
Bhushan has been trolled ever since.
Within hours, Bagga also took to twitter and announced that he would be filing a complaint against Bhushan for “insulting Lord Krishna.”
Bagga in his complaint accused Bhushan of “intentionally and deliberately” posting “derogatory remarks ....for the purpose of insulting and outraging the religious sentiments of Hindu community.”
The Delhi BJP is holding a press conference over Bhushan’s remark.
Bhushan, meanwhile tried to clarify his position, saying he only criticised the UP government’s action and did not intend to hurt anybody’s sentiment.
Bagga was not convinced. “After we filed compliant, he is giving clarification. But we will not withdraw the complaint unless he tenders an apology. Even in the past he made such comments. His latest statement has hurt millions of people living in this country,” he said.
The “Anti-Romeo” squad, which was instituted to check eve-teasing, has been viewed by many as a veiled attempt at “moral policing.” Critics of the drive have cited how couples who were spending time together consensually were also picked up and harassed by members of the squad.
Bagga, who was recently appointed as Delhi BJP’s spokesperson had in October 2011, attacked Bhushan over a statement he had made on Kashmir.
Delhi BJP’s media convener Praveen S Kapoor also took to twitter and tagged BJP President Amit Shah, UP Chief minister Yogi Adutyanath and minister Urja Sharma to take note of Bhushan’s ‘ filthy tweet and order action.’