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Hindu College associate professor arrested for objectionable social media posting


Associate Professor at the University of Delhi’s Hindu College Ratan Lal was arrested on Friday night for his objectionable social media post referencing allegations of a ‘Shivling’ found inside the Gyanvapi Mosque complex in Delhi. Varanasi, police said.

They said that Lal was arrested under Sections 153A of the Indian Penal Code (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and committing acts injurious to the maintenance of harmony) and 295A (deliberate act of outraging the religious feelings of any class by insulting their religion) by the Cyber ​​Police Station, North.

An FIR was filed against Lal on Tuesday evening based on a complaint filed by a Delhi-based attorney.

In his complaint, attorney Vineet Jindal said Lal had recently shared a “derogatory, inciting and provocative tweet about the Shivling”.

The statement made by Lal on his Twitter account is “instigating and provocative”, he said in the complaint.

The statement was released on the issue of a ‘Shivling’ found in the Gyanvapi Mosque compound which is highly sensitive in nature and the matter is pending in court, the lawyer said in his complaint.

Defending his post earlier, Lal had said: “In India, if you talk about anything, someone’s feeling or the other will be hurt. So it’s nothing new. I’m a historian and I made several observations.As I wrote them, I used very reserved language in my message and always this, I will defend myself.

(Edited by : Sudarsanan Mani)


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