NEW DELHI: A sedition case was registered in opposition to ex-Indian cricketer and a sitting minister, Navjot Singh Sidhu, for hugging Pakistan military chief Basic Qamar Javed Bajwa on the oath ceremony of latest Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Congress chief and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu was slapped with a sedition case on Monday by a lawyer in Bihar as he claimed that the gesture of Sidhu was tantamount to insulting the Indian Military.
Sudhir Kumar Ojha, recognized for indicting celebrities, filed the petition with Muzaffarpur’s chief judicial Justice of the Peace.
Ojha mentioned it was unbecoming of Sidhu to attend the celebrations within the neighbouring nation at a time when the nation was mourning the demise of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Worse, he mentioned, his actions there put India on a low beside inflicting insult to the Indian troopers.
“I’ve urged the courtroom to e book Siddhu below IPC sections 124 A, 153 B and 504 for hurting the nation’s sentiments and order for his arrest,” he mentioned.
Ojha, who has lodged circumstances towards celebrities together with cricket stars, politicians and Bollywood actors over varied points, added the courtroom admitted his plea and glued August 24 as the following date for listening to within the case.
The cricketer-turned-politician has been underneath assault by his boss Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh in addition to the opposition.
Singh stated on Sunday he was “not in favour” of Sidhu hugging the Pakistan military chief. He additionally clarified that Sidhu’s choice to attend the ceremony had nothing to do along with his authorities, and stated the cricketer-turned-politician had gone there in his private capability.
Siddhu, on his half, clarified his stand on the controversial points.
“If somebody (referring to Gen Bajwa) involves me and says that we belong to the identical tradition and we’ll open Kartarpur border on Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th Prakash Parv (start anniversary), what else I might do?” stated Sidhu whereas responding to the media queries.