Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel’s father Nand Kumar Baghel arrested, sent to 15-day custody


In a Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel’s father Nand Kumar Baghel was arrested on Tuesday for his alleged derogatory remarks against Brahmins.

Nand Kumar Baghel

He was later produced before Raipur court, which sent him to 15-day judicial custody.

“He (Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel’s father Nand Kumar Baghel) has been sent to judicial custody. He will be presented before the court again on September 21. As per his instructions, I didn’t file application for his bail today,” Nand Kumar’s lawyer Gajendra Sonkar was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.

According to NDTV, the Chhattisgarh CM later told reporters that no one was above the law. He said, “As a Chief Minister, I have a responsibility to maintain harmony among different communities. If he (the father) made a remark against a community, I feel sorry. Legal action would be taken against him.”

He added, “This comment has hurt the sentiments of the community. Our government respects and honours the feelings of all castes, religions and communities. Ideological differences with my father have been there from the beginning. Everyone knows this.”

During a recent trip to Uttar Pradesh, the Chhattisgarh CM’s father had called for the boycott of Brahmins. “Brahmin is a foreigner. Will send them from the Ganges to the Volga. The Brahmins should either reform or get ready to go to the Volga,” India Today had quoted him as saying.

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