The Metropolitan Magistrate court in Kolkata on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant against Congress MP Shashi Tharoor over his alleged remark that the BJP will rewrite the Constitution and pave the way for creation of a “Hindu Pakistan”.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Dipanjan Sen issued a bailable warrant against Tharoor based on a petition by lawyer Sumit Chowdhury, who claimed the statement promoted disharmony.
The matter has been scheduled for hearing again on September 24.
In July last year, Tharoor had said if Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, it would create a condition leading to the formation of a “Hindu Pakistan”.
Addressing an event in Thiruvananthapuram, Tharoor had said the BJP will write a new Constitution which will pave the way for a nation, much like Pakistan, where the rights of minorities are not respected.
Congress leader Tharoor said: “If they (BJP) win a repeat in the Lok Sabha, our democratic constitution as we understand it will not survive as they will have all the elements they need to tear apart the constitution of India and write a new one … that new one will be the one which will enshrine principles of Hindu Rashtra, that will remove equality for minorities, that will create a Hindu Pakistan and that isn’t what Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad and great heroes of freedom struggle fought for.”
Source : Various