Chhattisgarh CM's father in judicial custody for remarks on Brahmins
Raipur: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel’s father Nand Kumar has been sent to 15-day judicial custody by a court in Raipur on Tuesday. He was arrested on Monday.
Nand Kumar Baghel has been sent to 15-day judicial custody for allegedly making derogatory remarks against the Brahmin community, reported news agency ANI quoting Nand Kumar's lawyer Gajendra Sonkar.
In the complaint, the Sarv Brahmin Samaj (Brahmin association) has alleged that Nand Kumar Baghel described Brahmins as "outsiders (foreigners) who should either reform or get ready to go to Volga from Ganga". The FIR has been registered under IPC sections 505 and 153, according to India Today.
On his recent visit to Uttar Pradesh, Nand Kumar Baghel had controversially called for a "boycott" of Brahmins and, describing them as foreigners, had urged people not to let them into their village.
Nobody is above the law in my government, even if he is the Chief Minister's 86-year-old father. As Chief Minister, I have the responsibility to maintain harmony among different communities. If he made a remark against a community, I am sorry. Legal action will be taken," Bhupesh Baghel told reporters on Sunday.