An FIR has been filed against Zee TV presenter Rohit Ranjan, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and others for allegedly presenting Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on the vandalism of his office in Kerala like his statement on Udaipur’s brutal hate crime.
HT saw a copy of the FIR, in which plaintiff Ram Singh Kaswan, a Congress leader, said Rohit Ranjan intentionally linked Rahul’s statements about the vandalism of his office to the Udaipur incident in an attempt to incite the feelings of the public.
In the clip, Rahul called the SFI activists who vandalized his office “kids” and said he had no anger towards them. The channel, however, aired the comment as Rahul’s remarks towards the two men – Riyaz Akhtari and Gaus Mohammad – who killed tailor Kanhaiya Lal. The channel later apologized for the error. In his complaint, Kaswan alleged that Rathore and others tweeted the clip in an attempt to create animosity among people.
The FIR was registered against IPC Section 504 (penalty for provocation), 505 (Statements inciting public mischief), 153A (Promotion of enmity between different groups), 295A (Deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious sentiments), 120B (Punishment of criminal association). HT tried to reach Rathore for comment but he did not return calls or messages.
Rajasthan’s deputy opposition leader, Rajendra Rathore, dismissed the complaint. “Rahul Gandhi’s statements still make no sense… The complaint is a publicity stunt,” he said.
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