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India: Arrested for criticizing Hindu gods and scriptures

Saturday 28 May 2016, by siawi3


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.