A local court today accepted a complaint seeking to register a case of sedition against Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh for allegedly describing yoga guru Ramdev as a ‘fraud’.
Chief Judicial Magistrate R C Malviya accepted the complaint filed by advocate Sudhir Ojha who sought to book Singh under section 154(A) (sedition), 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) of the IPC.
Malviya recorded the statement of a witness of the case Aditya Kumar and fixed June 16 as next date of hearing.
On Saturday, Singh had dubbed Ramdev’s indefinite fast as a “five-star satyagraha” sponsored by RSS and VHP to divert people’s attention from “Sanghi terror”.
He had alleged that this campaign by VHP and RSS “is to undo the Constitution and Parliamentary democracy by encouraging people like Baba Ramdev to go on such fast.”
Alleging that the campaign is “totally engineered by RSS and VHP to divert people’s attention from Sanghi terror”, Singh had wondered “what kind of satyagraha is this of a baba who travels in a jet.”
“He has got five-star tents put up with all facilities. And he is doing satyagraha on issues, which he doesn’t know,” Singh, who recently dubbed Baba Ramdev as being more of a businessman than a ‘sanyasi’, said.
“The whole satyagraha is not something what the satyagraha Mahatma Gandhi meant. This is five-star satyagraha for which crores of Rupees have been spent in creating air conditioned pandal,” he had said.
Security strengthened at Digvijay’s Bhopal residence
Bhopal: Security has been strengthened at the official residence of Digvijay Singh here, in view of the reaction to his statements following the arrest of Baba Ramdev.
A senior police officer said that based on intelligence reports, security had been increased at Singh’s bungalow.
There were reports of some miscreants stoning Singh’s residence, but police dismissed them as rumours.
Meanwhile, Singh’s scheduled visit to Ratlam to take part in a Congress rally has been cancelled. The rally will be addressed later in the day by B K Hari Prasad, the Congress General Secretary in-charge of Madhya Pradesh; and the party’s state unit president, Kantilal Bhuria.