Baghel’s father held for anti-Brahmin remarks
Nand Kumar Baghel, the 86-year-old father of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, was on Tuesday sent to judicial custody till September 21 as he refused to seek bail in a court when he was produced after being arrested on charges of giving a anti-Brahmin speech.
Police, acting on an FIR lodged at Raipur’s DD Nagar police station on the complaint of Sarv Brahmin Samaj, arrested the senior Baghel in New Delhi and brought him to Raipur.
He was produced before a judicial magistrate where he refused to seek bail. The court sent him on a 14-day judicial remand.
The Chief Minister has serious ideological differences with his father. He has made it clear on several occasions that while having the highest regards to his father, he doesn’t approve his anti-Brahmin remarks or any statement which disrupts social harmony.
The senior Baghel faces charges under Indian Penal Code Sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language) and 505(1) (b) (with intent to cause or likely to cause fear or alarm to public or to any section of public whereby any person may be induced to commit offence against the state or against public tranquility).
The arrest was made after the Chief Minister disapproved his father’s remarks made late last week and put it on record that nobody, including his father, was above the law.
Nand Kumar Baghel has a track record of anti-Brahmin rant and he describes Brahmins as foreigners and often calls upon people of OBC, SC, ST communities not to allow Brahmins to enter their villages.
Courtesy: The Pioneer
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