Assam Court issues non-bailable warrant against Swamy for hate speech

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The Karimganj District court in Assam on Monday issued a non-bailable warrant against BJP leader Subramanian Swamy for his remarks on “mosques” and “churches” which he had allegedly termed as “mere buildings to offer prayers and not religious places”. A complaint in this regard was registered by an advocate of the same court against Swamy for hurting the religious sentiments of the Muslim and the Christian community.

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According to reports, the Court has directed the Delhi Police to arrest Swamy immediately.

Swamy, who was in Assam to attend an event in a university, had reportedly said that mosques and churches are mere ‘buildings’ to offer prayers.

“So there is no problem in demolishing them. They demolish mosques even in Saudi Arabia,” he had said. Swamy even went further and stated that God lives only in temples.

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The Assam Police had also registered an FIR against Swamy at Latasil police station under sections 120(B) (criminal conspiracy), 298 (Uttering, words, etc., with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person), 153(A) (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language) of IPC on a complaint by Chatra Mukti Sangram Samiti, students wing of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS).

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Commenting on the controversial remarks, Assam CM Tarun Gogoi had said,

“His comments are completely insulting for a community. We will take action.”

The Assam CM had even threatened to ban the entry of the BJP leader in his state.

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