Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson Ashish Khetan was booked by police in Amritsar for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of the Sikhs.
According to reports
, Khetan has been charged under Section 295-A (hurting religious sentiments) at the Civil Lines police station. He is accused of comparing the AAP party manifesto with the Guru Granth Sahib.
“We registered the case against the AAP leader after a complaint was given by Karnail Singh Peermohammad of the All India Sikh Students Federation. The case was registered late last night,” additional deputy commissioner of police Gaurav Garg told HT
The AAP was also accused of using a picture of its symbol – the broom – on the photo of the Golden Temple in their manifesto.
AAP leader Ashish Khetan.
BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) members have protested against the AAP manifesto and submitted memorandums with the police commissioner of Punjab. Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) condemned the act and so did Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. According to reports, Khetan has apologised for the controversy. He said that he had “no intention of hurting anyone’s sentiments”.
It is noteworthy that this is the second such case involving an AAP leader.
AAP legislator Naresh Yadav was booked
and questioned by the police for 5 hours in connection with the June 24 Quran sacrilege in Malerkotla in Sangrur district. The incident led to a mob torching vehicles and attacking the house of a legislator.
Punjab heads to elections in 2017 with AAP, BJP-SAD and Congress as main contenders.