A case was on Friday registered against AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi over his speech wherein he had said he would not chant 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' even if a "knife is put to my throat".
The case was registered by Karimnagar Three Town police, based on a complaint lodged by one Bethi Mahender Reddy. In the complaint, Reddy alleged that Owaisi's "defamatory" speech would "promote enmity between different groups".
Three Town Circle Inspector P Sadanandam said, "Based on the complaint, a case was registered against Owaisi under IPC section 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc)".
Owaisi, while addressing a public rally in Udgir tehsil of Latur district in Maharashtra on March 13, had said he would not chant 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'.
"I don't chant that slogan. What are you going to do, Bhagwat sahab," the Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad had said, referring to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's remark that the new generation needed to be taught to hail "Mother India".
Meanwhile, commenting on the controversy over AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi's refusal to say 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai', Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Rajmohan Gandhi said the father of the nation was against forcing people to shout patriotic slogans.
Rajmohan Gandhi, who was here to deliver a lecture at the Gujarat Vidyapith, also expressed displeasure about Owaisi being targeted from various quarters.
"During the freedom struggle, the people who were fighting against the British rule used to come on roads and ask others to shout Jai Hind. They sometimes threatened to thrash those who didn't comply," he said when asked by reporters to comment on the controversy.
"At that time, Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi) opined that forcing even one person to shout Jai Hind is like putting a nail into the coffin of 'Swaraj'. In his view, such act of forcing people to shout Jai Hind is like once again killing millions of Indians who could not speak," he said.
"Even today, we are being asked to shout. These people say that they will beat us if we don't shout slogans," added Gandhi, in apparent reference to the tirade against Owaisi.
With inputs from PTI