Delhi Police have booked Delhi Minorities Commission chairman Zafarul Islam Khan for sedition over “provocative remarks” on social media.
According to the police, the FIR was filed on Thursday following a complaint from a Vasant Kunj resident, who alleged that the statements made by Khan were “deliberate” and “seditious”.
“Khan’s social media post on Facebook and Twitter has content which is provocative, intends to cause disharmony and create a rift in society,” the FIR read.
Statement by Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan (1 May 2020) pic.twitter.com/9d5609e8rS
— Zafarul-Islam Khan (@khan_zafarul) May 1, 2020
While the remarks were posted on social media on Tuesday, it was removed later. On Thursday, the minorities panel chief issued an apology, saying his post was “ill-timed and insensitive” and that he had no intention of hurting anyone’s sentiments.
“The tweet issued by me on 28 April, 2020, thanking Kuwait for taking note of the persecution of Indian Muslims, in the context of the North East district’s violence, has pained some people which never was my intention. I realised that my tweet was ill-timed and insensitive in view of our county facing a medical emergency and fighting an unseen enemy. I apologize to all whose sentiments were hurt,” a statement issued by him said.
“The matter was blown out of all proportions by adding things into it which was neither my intention nor was meant. A section of media added lies into it, distorted and fabricated its content and attributed inflammatory opinion into it. I did not say so nor intended such things as they have been attributed to my tweet,” he added.
The FIR has been registered under sections 124 A (sedition) and 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth etc) of the Indian Penal Code.
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines