Haridwar Dharma Sansad accused sent to judicial custody

After the intervention of the Supreme Court and former military officials, police have arrested accused who made hate speech in Haridwar Dharma Sansad.

Haridwar Dharma Sansad accused sent to judicial custody

New Delhi: Yati Narasinghanand, who made hate speech in Haridwar Dharma Sansad has been remanded to judicial custody. Police have arrested Narasinghanand after he openly called for the genocide of Muslims in Dharma Sansad last month.

Narsinghanand was arrested on Saturday for objectionable remarks on women. He was sent to 14 days of judicial custody a day later, on Sunday. But in the remand application, Dharam Sansad hate speech case was also mentioned, police officials said.

"The charges (in the Dharam Sansad hate speech case) include 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage reli­gious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or reli­gious beliefs)," the police official stated.

Narsinghanand is the second person to be taken into custody in the case relating to hate speeches at the Haridwar "Dharma Sansad" or religious assembly last month.

Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi, who was Waseem Rizvi before he converted, was arrested nearly a month after the event, only after the Supreme Court intervention.

Haridwar event held from December 17 to 20 widely circulated on social media and drew sharp criticism from former military chiefs, retired judges, activists and even international tennis legend Martina Navratilova.

"I am not ashamed of what I have said. I am not afraid of the police. I stand by my statement," Prabodhanand Giri -- photographed often with BJP leaders including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his Uttarakhand counterpart Pushkar Dhami.