Mangalore court directs cops to file FIR against Renuka

A Mangalore magistrate's court ordered the filing of an FIR against Union Minister for Women and Child Welfare Renuka Chowdhury in a case registered by the Mangalore mayor,BJP's Ganesh Hosabettu,against her.

Written by Express News Service | Bangalore | Published: February 18, 2009 5:08:07 pm

A Mangalore magistrate’s court on Wednesday ordered the filing of an FIR against Union Minister for Women and Child Welfare Renuka Chowdhury in a case registered by the Mangalore mayor,BJP’s Ganesh Hosabettu,against her.

The Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court in Mangalore had on February 16 registered a criminal complaint against the Union minister by the Mangalore mayor and 14 others alleging that the minister’s statement ‘Mangalore has been Talibanised’ had brought disrepute to the city.

The complainants also objected to the minister’s statement that ‘there is a clear communal divide in Mangalore where a Hindu girl is prevented from talking to a Muslim boy in Mangalore’.

According to P P Hegde,advocate for the Mayor,a notice had earlier been issued to the minister on behalf of the complainants demanding an apology from Chowdhury within three days.

On Tuesday,during a hearing of the case,the advocate for the complainants demanded the issuance of summons to Chowdhury for personally appearing in court. The minister’s remarks amounts to inciting violence and promoting enmity between different religious groups it was argued.

The court had posted the case for orders on Wednesday. The court has asked the police to investigate the matter and take due action.

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