FIR against Hindu religious leader for making derogatory remarks against Mahatma Gandhi

New Delhi: Chhattisgarh police have registered an FIR against Hindu religious leader Kalicharan Maharaj for making derogatory remarks against Mahatma Gandhi and saluting his assassin Nathuram Godse.

The incident took place on Sunday evening when at the conclusion of the two-day Dharm Sansad in Raipur, Kalicharan used an offensive word against Mahatma Gandhi and urged people to elect a staunch Hindu leader to head the government to protect religion.

According to Indian Express, the event brought together more than 20 religious and political leaders from Congress and the BJP. Congress leader Pramod Dubey subsequently filed a lawsuit against Kalicharan for his derogatory remarks.

The case was registered on Sunday evening at Tikrapara Police Station under sections 505 (2) of the Indian Penal Code (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or malevolence between classes) and 294 (obscene acts) , a police official told PTI. He added that a further investigation is underway.

Kalicharan has also targeted minorities in the country saying their goal is to capture countries through politics. “The goal of Islam is to take over the nation through politics. Before our eyes, they had captured in 1947 (referring to the partition) … They had previously captured Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. They captured Bangladesh and Pakistan through politics … I salute Nathuram Godse for killing Gandhi, ”he said.

Responding to Kalicharan’s remarks, the head of the communications wing of the State Congress, Anand Shukla, said: “The use of abusive language against Mahatma Gandhi is highly reprehensible. Kalicharan would first have to prove that he is a saint.