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India: Arrested for criticizing Hindu gods and scriptures

Saturday 28 May 2016, by siawi3

Source: http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/hyderabad-police-book-kancha-ilaiah-hurting-religious-sentiments-speech-43896

Hyderabad police book Kancha Ilaiah for ’hurting religious sentiments’ in speech

Ilaiah is no stranger to controversy, and has had earlier police complaints filed against him

TNM Staff| Friday, May 27, 2016 - 07:55

The Saroornagar police in Hyderabad on Wednesday booked a case against writer and Manuu professor Kancha Ilaiah for allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments.

The police was acting on the directions of a district court in Ranga Reddy.

The Times of India reported:

Ilaiah on May 14 gave a lecture in Vijayawada in a programme titled `Nationalism and Divergent Views’ organised by CITU where he reportedly criticized Hindu gods and scriptures.

Following this, the report adds that an advocate filed a private petition in the court, requesting to register an FIR.

Ilaiah is no stranger to controversy and was issued a notice by another police station in Hyderabad last year, after a VHP activist filed a complaint against him for writing an article in a newspaper, titled ’Devudu Prajasamya Vaadi Kaada,’ which translates to "Is God not a democrat?"

However, after a writ petition filed by Ilaiah, the Hyderabad High Court stayed all further proceedings in the criminal case that was registered against him for the article.