BHAVNAGAR/NEW DELHI - VHP leader Pravin Togadia faced twin trouble with an FIR being lodged against him for “inciting communal passions” and the Election Commission on April 22 examining video footage of his alleged “hate speech”. The FIR was registered in Bhavnagar charging him with asking the locals of a society here to forcibly occupy a house purchased by a Muslim man in Hindu majority area.
“An FIR has been filed against him for violating notification of the Election Commission,” District Collector and Returning Officer P K Solanki said on April 22. Togadia had allegedly asked his supporters to get vacated the house a Muslim man had purchased in the Hindu-majority locality near Meghani Circle area of Bhavnagar city. On April 19, Togadia had allegedly told the gathering, mainly comprising local residents and Bajrang Dal workers, that they should give an ultimatum of 48 hours to the occupant to vacate the house or else they should storm into it, take possession and put up a Bajrang Dal board. Bhavnagar Police had initiated an inquiry on April 21 into the alleged hate speech following the Election Commission orders. However, the VHP leader had termed the media reports “false, malafide and mischievous” and has denied giving any advise which was “socially or legally wrong”. In Delhi, the EC said it was in the process of examining the video footage of controversial remarks of Togadia and will soon take a decision on issuing show cause notice to him. (PTI)