Right-wing leader in India’s Karnataka charged for hate speech against Quran, Muslims
Police in the southern Indian state of Karnataka have registered a case against chief of Hindu Jagaran Vedike, for allegedly making derogatory statements about the Holy Quran and Muslims.
Keshava Murthy, state convenor of Hindu Jagaran Vedike, was booked in Kolar town on July 1 on a complaint filed by Zameer Ahamad, president of Anjuman-e-Islamia in Kolar, according to police sources, reports our New Delhi correspondent.
Murthy's remarks had come on the day when Hindutva activists protested against the killing of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur who had allegedly supported suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma over the remarks on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
A video of Murthy's speech went viral showing him purportedly saying that people who read and followed the Quran were "terrorists".
The police registered a case under Indian Penal Code Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 153B (provocation with intent to cause a riot), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 505i (printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory).