Court asks police to probe Renuka’s ‘Talibanisation’ comment

February 18th, 2009 - 8:26 pm ICT by IANS  

TalibanBangalore, Feb 18 (IANS) A Mangalore court has directed the police to register a first information report (FIR) against Union Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Choudhury for her comment that last month’s attack on women in a pub there was “Talibanisation” of the city.
The Mangalore police have been asked to submit a report by March 20 on a complaint filed by Mangalore city corporation mayor Ganesh Hosabettu that Choudhury’s comment had damaged the image of the city and was meant to incite communal disharmony.

Hosabettu and 14 others filed a case in the Mangalore court charging Choudhury under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code - section 153A (making statements inciting communal disharmony), 153B (assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (creating or promoting enmity and hatred or ill-will between classes).

Choudhury’s “Talibanisation” comments came in the wake of the Jan 24 attack on a group of women by around 40 members of a right-wing Hindu group, Sri Rama Sene.

Hosabettu and others filed the case as Choudhury failed to reply to their legal notice seeking her explanation last week, lawyer P.P. Hegde said.

Choudhury said in New Delhi Tuesday that she did not receive any notice and the case against her was politically motivated and meant to divert people’s attention.

The Mangalore authorities were not doing anything to tackle rising “fascism”, she said, adding that she has not received any court notice on her comment of “Talibanisation” of the Karnataka town.

“Why are they taking action against me? Why are they not doing anything to tackle the goons and lumpen elements and the rising fascism?” she asked.

“It seems it (sending of legal notice) is politically motivated and to divert attention,” she said.

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