The Maharashtra government on Monday assured the state legislature that action would be taken against Hindu religious leader Kalicharan Maharaj for allegedly using derogatory words against Mahatma Gandhi.
The government’s response came after Minister for Minority Affairs Nawab Malik raised the issue in the Assembly and demanded that the religious leader be booked for treason and arrested.
An insult to Mahatma Gandhi ji is an insult to our nation.
Strict action should be taken against Kalicharan Maharaj and he should be booked for insulting the Father of our Nation.
We are receiving further details from Akola and Maharashtra Home ministry must also take action.
“Information will be sought about it. If anyone is found doing wrong things, then stern action will be taken against him,” said Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.
Malik said Kalicharan Maharaj hails from Akola in Maharashtra.
“He has insulted the father of the nation and one can see it on social media. He has insulted Mahatma Gandhi all over the world. Bapu’s ideology can be opposed but cannot be insulted.
Kalicharan Maharaj should be booked on charges of treason and should be arrested,” said Malik.
During a ‘dharma sansad’ at Raipur in Chhattisgarh on Sunday evening, Kalicharan Maharaj had allegedly used an abusive word against the father of the nation and also hailed his assassin, Nathuram Vinayak Godse.