BJP leader Subramanian Swamy appears before Gauhati High Court in connection with 2015 case
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy appeared before the Gauhati High Court on November 11 in connection with a case initiated against him in Karimganj court for his alleged comments on the sanctity of the mosque in 2015.
Swamy, who arrived at the High Court amidst tight security, argued his case in person before the single bench judge Justice Manish Choudhury and urged the court to quash criminal proceedings against him in Karimganj court. The court, however, reserved its order in connection with the case.
Earlier, the BJP veteran on March 15, 2015, while addressing a press conference, had said, “A mosque is not a religious place. It is just a building and it can be demolished at any time. If anyone disagrees with me on this, I am ready to have a debate on the issue. I got this information from the people of Saudi Arabia.”
Following this, a case was registered against Sammy in the court of Additional Judicial Magistrate, Karimganj under sections 120B and 153 of IPC.
Swamy, however, did not appear before the court leading the court to issue a non-bailable warrant against the veteran politician. On July 24, 2015, Swamy moved the Gauhati High Court for quashing the non-bailable warrant issued against him by the Karimganj additional CJM.
On July 2, 2015, the Apex court stayed the execution of the non-bailable warrant issued against Swamy by the Assam court for allegedly delivering a hate speech at a university there.
He had also challenged the constitutional validity of Section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) of the Indian Penal Code.
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