A day after the BJP’s South Delhi candidate Ramesh Bidhuri stated in a conference that 30 per cent Muslims “harbour terrorists”, a Delhi-based lawyer, Shehzad Poonawalla, on Thursday filed a complaint against him with the National Commission for Minorities, the Election Commission of India and the Delhi Police Commissioner.
In his complaint, Poonawalla referred to various media reports that quoted Bidhuri as saying, “Seventy per cent Muslims are patriotic, but 30 per cent harbour terrorists and get away with it”. He said the statement violated various sections of the IPC, was “offensive” and hurt the sentiments of the Muslim community.
“The remarks deliberately, intentionally and maliciously outrage the religious feelings of Muslims, incite hatred between communities and are calculated to cause public mischief. They are a violation of the model code of conduct and are both cognisable and non-bailable. Last week, the
BJP’s V K Mahlotra had made statements about Okhla and Batla House being safe havens for terrorists. Such statements reflect on the ideology of the BJP,” Poonawalla said.
Poonawalla demanded Bidhuri’s arrest as well as disqualification as a candidate. He also requested the EC to take “appropriate”action against BJP for these “anti-minority” remarks.
A senior official from the Delhi Election Commission said they had not yet received any intimation from the ECI in the matter.