A Kolkata court on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant against Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for a remark he had made last year regarding the formation of a ‘Hindu Pakistan’.
A Metropolitan Magistrate court in the city issued the warrant against the Thiruvananthapuram MP.
The case was filed by Advocate Sumeet Chowdhary under Section 153A/295A of the Indian Penal Code and Section 2 of The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971. Advocate Chowdhury said he filed the complaint because Tharoor’s remarks were an insult to India which is a secular nation and that the politician had even refused to apologise for his comment.
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.
“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, adding, “That new one will be the one which will enshrine principles of Hindu Rashtra, that will remove equality for minorities, that’ll create a Hindu Pakistan and that isn’t what Mahatama Gandhi, Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad and great heroes of freedom struggle fought for.”