Friday, November 7, 2014

Act on complaint against TV show: Gujarat HC

Gujarat high court (HC) has directed the city police commissioner to ensure that the city police act upon the complaint filed by one Kaleem Siddiqui against a media house for showing "anti-Muslim programme" that hurt religious feelings.

Siddiqui filed a petition last month and requested the HC to direct the city police commissioner to ask the Bapunagar and Shahpur police to register an FIR on basis of his complaint against Mahamandaleshwar Naval Kishor Das, for his comments against Muslims and on Quran. Siddiqui had also filed a complaint against the television channel for airing the programme that provided platform to people to make adverse comments against the religion and its followers.

The Bapunagar police did not take any action. Siddiqui went to the HC and claimed that the police in Gujarat do not take action against those who hurt religious feelings of the minority community. On the other hand, cops are prompt in taking actions against those who allegedly make comment against the Hindu religion and divinity.

After hearing his case, Justice J B Pardiwala asked the commissioner to see that the Bapunagar and Shahpur police take a decision on Siddiqui's complaints in two weeks' time and act as per the law.

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