Delhi Hindu College professor arrested over Gyanvapi issue Facebook post
On Friday, the Delhi University professor Ratan Lal has been arrested by the Delhi Civil Lines Police for posting derogatory content on social media after the ‘discovery’ of ‘Shivling’ inside the Gyanvapi complex in Varanasi during a video survey.
He will be presented at the Tis Hazari court on Saturday. On May 18, the police registered an FIR against Lal, for posting provocative content.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Sagar Singh Kalsi said, “A complaint was received against one Ratan Lal, Prof of History at Hindu College, DU, regarding a deliberate and malicious post on Facebook intended to outrage religious feelings by insulting a religion or religious beliefs.”
He said that a legal action has been initiated in this regard and the police have registered a case under Section 153 A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and Section 295 A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code at the Cyber Police station north district.
The complainant, a Delhi-based advocate, Vineet Jindal, had written to the Delhi Police over the “instigating and provoking statement”.
“Our Constitution provides every citizen with the freedom of speech and expression but the misuse of this right is inexplicable when it threatens the honour and harmony of the country and provokes its citizens based on community and religion and threatens the security of the nation then it is considered as a grave offence.”
Demanding punitive legal action against the professor, Jindal further said that Ratan Lal’s remarks show his intent of activating enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion which is against the ideology of a secular democratic country like India and also a criminal offence as per the law.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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