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Court orders FIR against Renuka

A court in Mangalore directed the local police to register a first information report (FIR) against Union Minister for Women and Child Welfare Renuka Chowdhury for her comments that the city had been “Talibanised”. BR Srikanth reports.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2009 01:13 IST
BR Srikanth
BR Srikanth
Hindustan Times

A court in Mangalore on Wednesday directed the local police to register a first information report (FIR) against Union Minister for Women and Child Welfare Renuka Chowdhury for her comments that the city had been “Talibanised”.

Chowdhury is reported to have made the remark in the wake of the attack on women in a Mangalore pub by Rama Sene activists on January 24. Soon after the attack, 32 people, including founder-leader of the outfit Pramod Muthalik, were taken into custody by the police.

On Wednesday, the judge also sought a report from the police before March 20. The order came in response to a criminal suit filed on Monday by the Mayor of the BJP-led Mangalore City Corporation, Ganesh Hosabettu, and 14 others.

The mayor resorted to filing a criminal case as the minister did not respond to a legal notice sent to her, advocate Padma Prasad Hegde said. He said the minister had been charged with violation of three sections of the IPC relating to causing enmity and disharmony among different communities, making statements against national integration, and statements for inciting violence.

“Chowdhury made comments that our city has been Talibanised and Mangaloreans are Talibans. It was submitted to the court that Taliban is a terrorist organisation... and to compare Mangalore and its people to such terrorists is unfair,” Hegde told HT.

First Published: Feb 19, 2009 00:39 IST