Chhattisgarh CM's father jailed for hate speech

Raipur, Sep 8 (IANS): Nand Kumar Baghel (86), the father of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, was on Tuesday sent to judicial custody till September 21 as he refused to seek bail in a local court where he was produced after being arrested on charges of making a hate speech.

Chhattisgarh police, while acting on an FIR lodged at Raipur's DD Nagar police station on a complaint of Sarv Brahmin Samaj, arrested Baghel senior from Delhi and brought him to Raipur. He was later produced before a judicial magistrate where he flatly refused to seek bail. The court then sent him to 14-day judicial remand.

Bhupesh Baghel has serious ideological differences with his father. The Chief Minister has made it clear on several occasions that he has highest regard for his father, but he didn't approve his anti-Brahmin remarks or any of his statements which disrupt social harmony.

Nand Kumar Baghel faces charges under Sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language) and 505(1)(b) (with intent to cause, or likely to cause, fear or alarm to public, or to any section of public whereby any person may be induced to commit offence against the state or against public tranquility) of the Indian Penal Code.

The arrest was made after the Chief Minister disapproved his father's latest remarks made late last week and put it on record that nobody is above the law, including his father as well.

Nand Kumar Baghel has a track record of making anti-Brahmin rants. He keeps describing Brahmins as foreigners and often calls upon the people of OBC, SC, ST communities to not allow Brahmins to enter their villages.

Meanwhile, the BJP has hailed the arrest of Nand Kumar Baghel, stating that the police action against him would restore social harmony in the state where Brahmins form less than 2 per cent of the population.



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  • myna, mysuru

    Wed, Sep 08 2021

    Will the BJP ruled States follow this principle of "all are equal before the law"???

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/ Mumbai

    Wed, Sep 08 2021

    Some who gave hate speeches continually are not arrested. It seems selected hate is allowed and some can always be hated.

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  • Observer, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 08 2021

    He is 86 and should be eased considering age factor.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Sep 08 2021

    What an impartial implementation of Law!!! Unbelievable.. Really unbelievable. Nice publicity stunt!

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  • Mohammed, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 08 2021

    will amit shah put jay shah behind bars for his benami property ??? do he has that much guts

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Wed, Sep 08 2021

    Yes.... Why not??? Provided National Herald News Paper Property dealing case to be solved first!!

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  • Surendra Poojari, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 08 2021

    Great statement. Why Modi's law minister is not putting those accused in National Herald behind bars? Is it give and take policy? At election rally's Modi used to tell he will put Robert Vadra behind bars. Last 8 years could not do anything. Then what better can be expected from Modi??? Modi needs rapist and criminal MLA's to gain power. Karnataka is a very good example.

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Wed, Sep 08 2021

    Better send him to TALIBAN regime ! let him educate there and come back !

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  • Joe, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 08 2021

    The congress chief Minister has jailed his father not because of hate speech, but elections are being held in UP and the congress needs the Brahmin votes.

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  • KvKamath, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 08 2021

    Few Dads do something for the children to remain in power. I meant Dhritharashtra's foolishness not of my contemporary's actions.

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  • Rajesh, Mulki

    Wed, Sep 08 2021

    BJP has hailed the arrest. BJP doesn't tolerate hate speech.

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  • Amaze, karkala

    Wed, Sep 08 2021

    Chhattisgarh CM jails his own father.. Whereas legends like UP CM drops cases against him after coming to power.. UP CM had more serious offences

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