On a day the Congress protested outside Parliament demanding minister V K Singh’s removal, a Delhi court dismissed a plea for the registration of an FIR against Singh.
Following Singh’s “dog” remark in the wake of the killing of two Dalit children, advocate Satya Prakash Gautam had filed a criminal complaint seeking an FIR under sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Action, the IT Act and the IPC.
Metropolitan magistrate Muneesh Garg dismissed the complaint, saying, “A single word cannot be read in isolation and a different hue be given to it by twisting it and reading it selectively and by associating it to a particular caste. Statement has to be read in whole and when done so, it does not at all sound derogatory or intended to degrade anyone or calculated to spread hatred in the society among different castes or creed.”
The order comes after Delhi police filed an action taken report that Singh did not make any “specific derogatory and humiliating” statement warranting prosecution.
Outside Parliament, Rahul Gandhi led the protest by Congress MPs who included Mallikarjun Kharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad and other top leaders. Chief whip Jyotiraditya Scindia said the party was protesting as it was about “the behaviour of a central government minister against a particular community, in fact Indians per se”.
For the government, minister of state Rajiv Pratap Rudy defended Singh, saying he hadn’t made the statements attributed to him and is “traumatised” by the allegations. “Rahulji wakes up suddenly and starts some programme. V K Singh has not made any such statement,” PTI quoted Rudy as telling reporters. “Rahulji wants to give this issue a political colour. It is unfortunate that a statement not made by someone is attributed to a minister. He is traumatised for that.”