Actor Chetan Kumar sent to 14-day judicial custody on his tweets on Hindutva
A Bengaluru Court on Tuesday has sent the Actor and social activist Chetan Kumar was sent to 14-day judicial custody by a Bengaluru Court on Tuesday for the offence of hurting religious sentiments.
The Additional Metropolitan Magistrate J Latha heard the bail application of Chetan bail application before adjourning it for March 23.
An FIR was registered at Seshadripur police station for offence under Section 295A (outraging religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code based on a complaint filed by one Shivakumar of Bangalore.
The police arrested Chetan in the morning and produced him before the magistrate after which he was sent to judicial custody.
The complaint referred to tweets by Chetan which said that ‘Hindutva is built on lies’. Other tweets of his discussed concerns ‘for the most marginalised and selfless courage displayed in Mahad Satyagraha’
The complainant said that Chetan has hurt religious sentiments of majority of Hindus, created enmity between castes and instigated communal riots.
The actor was booked last year under the Indian Penal Code for posting a tweet about Justice Krishna Dixit of the Karnataka High Court when he was part of the bench hearing the hijab ban matter.
In his tweet Chetan ha said that Justice Dixit, who had made disturbing comments in a rape case, is now determining whether hijabs are acceptable in government schools, and questioned whether he has the clarity to do so.
Chetan was later granted bail in the case.