BJP chief Amit Shah chargesheeted over alleged hate speech in UP

Muzaffarnagar police chargesheeted BJP National President Amit Shah for allegedly making a hate speech in Muzaffarnagar in April during the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, according to reports.

Muzaffarnagar police chargesheeted Amit Shah. Reuters

Muzaffarnagar police chargesheeted Amit Shah. Reuters

According to NDTV reports, the chargesheet against Shah was based on a video clip of him during the Lok Sabha elections.

Shah had triggered a controversy in Uttar Pradesh with his comment that the general elections, especially in western UP, is "an election for honour. It is an election to take revenge for the insult. It is an election to teach a lesson to those who have committed injustice."

“This election is about voting out the government that protects and gives compensation to those who killed Jats,” Shah had said. "It is about badla (revenge) and protecting izzat (honour),” he reportedly said at a meeting with Jat leaders in Uttar Pradesh.

Two FIRs had earlier been filed against Amit Shah for allegedly making hate speeches in Uttar Pradesh, in which he reportedly asked the people to take 'revenge' for the riots.

"A case has been lodged under various sections of the IPC and the RPA by the Bijnore District Magistrate regarding some objectionable part in Shah's speech," Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha had told PTI in Lucknow.

Shah was booked under section 153 of the IPC (inciting people) and section 125 of the Representation of the People Act (promoting enmity between different classes), he said. A second FIR was lodged against Shah in Shamli in Muzaffarnagar district for the same offence.

Poll authorities in UP had sent the CD of the remarks made by Shah in Muzaffarnagar, which witnessed communal violence last year, along with the report of District Election Officer to the Election Commission in Lucknow.

The Samajwadi Party had criticised Shah for his remarks saying such comments only exposed the nature of the Right-wing party. "If Amit Shah has said in Muzaffarnagar that revenge is needed then it proves that BJP had incited the Muzzafarnagar riots... This is called fascist ideology,saying we will dismiss a democratically elected government," SP's Ram Gopal Yadav had told reporters.

On the other hand, BJP had condemned the filing of the two FIRs in Bijnore and Muzaffarnagar districts, saying they were "not bonafide" and that it was a "calculated design" to communalise and polarise the election scenario in Uttar Pradesh.

(With inputs from PTI)

Updated Date: Sep 11, 2014 08:39 AM

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