Updated: June 8, 2022 2:59:26 am
The Thane Police on Tuesday summoned suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma to appear before it on June 22 in connection with the FIR lodged against her for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Prophet Mohammad.
Two days ago, the BJP had suspended Sharma and expelled another BJP leader, Naveen Jindal, for making derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad. The Thane Police had booked Sharma based on a complaint filed by a madrasa teacher, who alleged that his religious feelings were hurt by what Sharma said in a TV news debate.
A senior officer from Thane Police said, “As part of the investigation into the FIR registered against Sharma, we have issued a notice under Section 41 (A) of the Criminal Procedure Code, which is a notice of appearance before a police officer. We want to record her statement in connection with the investigation and get her side of the story.”
The officer added that the summons had been issued both by speed post and email. The FIR had been registered by the Mumbra police in Thane on May 30, days after the Pydhonie police station in Mumbai registered an FIR against Sharma. Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey had on Monday said that in due process, they, too, will summon Sharma to record her statement.
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In the Mumbra case, complainant Mohammad Gufran Khan has said that on Saturday, he received a link of the news debate – in which Sharma participated – on the Gyanvapi mosque issue on his WhatsApp number. He alleged that when the comments made by Sharma on the Prophet and his wife in the link hurt his religious sentiments.
Following that, he filed a complaint with the Mumbra police station, where an FIR was registered against Sharma under sections 295 (A) (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 153 (A) (B) (punish persons who indulge in wanton vilification or attacks upon the religion, race, place of birth, residence, language etc of any particular group or class or upon the founders and prophets of a religion), 298 ( deliberate intention of wounding the religious feelings of any person) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code.
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