Arrest Warrant Against Tharoor Over ‘Hindu Pakistan’ Remark
A court in Kolkata on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant against Congress Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor over his alleged remark that the Bharatiya Janata Party will rewrite the Constitution and pave the way for creation of a "Hindu Pakistan".
Tharoor's alleged statement had sparked off a controversy with the saffron party demanding an apology from the Congress leader.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Dipanjan Sen issued a bailable warrant against Tharoor on a petition by lawyer Sumit Chowdhury, who claimed the statement promoted disharmony.
The matter has been scheduled for hearing again on Sept. 24.
Chowdhury, in a case filed before the CMM court here in the wake of Tharoor's alleged statement made at Thiruvananthapuram, claimed that the former union minister was indulging in a deliberate act to promote enmity between different groups of people on religious grounds.
The petitioner also claimed that Tharoor's statement had violated Section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.
Chowdhury also said Tharoor was not represented in court by any lawyer during Tuesday's hearing, following which the warrant was issued against the Congress MP.