MUMBAI: An FIR has been registered against Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Praveen Togadia on Thursday for his 'hate speech' that he made in Nanded in Maharashtra.
The FIR was filed by the Maharashtra police following a directive from the central government. The FIR was filed under 153 A of the IPC which deals with 'promoting hatred between groups'.
Togadia had allegedly made the hate speech against a minority community at a public meeting at Bhokar town in Nanded district.
Earlier in the day, the centre asked the Maharashtra government to probe into Praveen Togadia's alleged hate speech in the state and take appropriate action, if found guilty.
RPN Singh, the Union Minister of State for Home, feels that if the speech made on January 22 in Maharashtra is found provocative, the state government should book him for spreading communal disharmony.
An official was quoted by NDTV as saying, "The Home Ministry's advice is clear. Once the forensic evidence is confirmed, action as per the law must be taken against Praveen Togadia."
Togadia had allegedly made an inflammatory speech on February 1 near Adilabad district, the same district where Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi had delivered his hate speech.
However, talking to the media at Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, Togadia said: "The Hindus in the country are afraid. Neither our religious sentiments nor the livelihoods are secure here."
"The government is snatching our jobs in the name of reservation for Muslims. There is a minority development corporation, as if the people in majority don't need development. The government provides subsidies for Haj pilgrims, but imposing tax of Rs.15 on each people coming to Kumbh Mela, is this not a partiality?" asked Togadia.
The Maharashtra government, awaiting a forensic report of the speech, has assured that the union government that it will investigate the speech and take suitable action against Togadia, if found guilty.
Demanding swift and stringent action against Togadia over his hate speech against members of a particular community, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh had earlier on Wednesday said no religious fundamentalists should be allowed to play with communal accord in the country.