Ashish Khetan booked for allegedly hurting religious sentiments in Punjab
Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Ashish Khetan has been accused of hurting religious sentiment days after he compared AAP’s youth manifesto with the Sikh holy book Guru Granth Sahib, and also the Gita while launching it in Amritsar, on July 2.
“We registered the case against the AAP leader after a complaint was given by Karnail Singh Peermohammad of the All India Sikh Students Federation. The case was registered late last night,” additional deputy commissioner of police Gaurav Garg said, according to a report in HT.
The FIR was filed against the AAP leader under Section 295A.
According to media reports, the said manifesto also used an image of the Golden Temple, with the AAP’s symbol, the broom, on it, which provoked furious objections from Sikh groups.
The AAP Spokesperson after facing backlashes apologised saying that, he didn’t mean to disrespect the holy books. However, a group, All India Sikh Students Federation, saying that the apology was not enough and went to the police.
Calling it an “act of blasphemy”, Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had sought an apology from AAP convenor and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.