In a sudden turn of events, a Metropolitan Magistrate court in Kolkata on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant against Congress Thiruvananthapuram MP, Shashi Tharoor over his remarks from last year regarding the formation of a “Hindu Pakistan”.
Former Union minister Shashi Tharoor faced flak for his controversial remark that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will pave the way for the creation of a “Hindu Pakistan” if voted to power again.
Petitioner Sumeet Chowdhury alleged that Tharoor’s comment created disharmony and was “a deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings”. In his plea, Chowdhury submitted that Tharoor made a public statement that if the BJP is voted to power in the 2019 general election, the party would rewrite the Constitution and would turn India into a “Hindu Pakistan”.
“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,” the Congress leader had said.
“..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 Mahatama Gandhi, Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad and great heroes of freedom struggle fought for,” he added.
Tharoor was also sued under Section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971