AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan has been booked by police on the complaint of a lawyer for allegedly using abusive language against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an event at Red Fort last month.
Police said a case under Section 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at north Delhi’s Kotwali police station. The lawyer, Vivek Garg, filed the complaint Friday.
Sources said police have collected video footage of the event and are in the process of verifying it. Garg had earlier lodged several complaints against the government with the Anti-Corruption Branch.
On Wednesday, the Delhi unit of the BJP had also filed a complaint against Khan accusing him of using “abusive language” against the PM and demanded action against him.
A delegation of BJP leaders, including Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay, had met Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar Verma and submitted a copy of a video.
They claimed to have obtained it from social media.
Upadhyay also claimed that the Okhla MLA had made the remarks at an event organised by the Delhi government’s Urdu Academy last month.
However, Khan has defended the alleged remarks and said he was merely criticising the “anti-Dalit” and “anti-minority” policies of the Centre.
“What did I say wrong? I just said the Modi government is against Dalits. I spoke against the policies of the government, considering the way it is suppressing the rights and freedom of Dalits, minorities and students and sending them to jail after framing them in false cases,” said Khan.