New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday sought a
report from the city police on a lawyer`s plea for lodging a
criminal case against Janata Party Chief Subramanian Swamy for
allegedly making anti-Muslim remarks in a recent newspaper
"The Station House Officer of Tilak Marg police station
is directed to file the status report on August 16,"
Metropolitan Magistrate Navita Kumari Bagha said.
Swamy`s article had kicked up a row by allegedly
suggesting that conditions be imposed on the voting rights of
Muslims in India.
The court`s direction came following a brief argument
by advocate R K Anand, contending that a prima facie case was
made out against Swamy for his "anti-minority" write-up
published in an English daily.
Earlier, a Delhi-based lawyer Asghar Khan had moved
the court seeking registration of a criminal case against
Swamy alleging that by his "anti-Muslim" remarks, he promoted
strife and hatred between different communities.
"The statement made by Subramanian Swamy is extremely
seditious and has been made with the intention to promote
enmity between different groups on the ground of religion,
race, place of birth, residence etc," the advocate had said in
He had said "the statements are prejudicial to harmony
and national integrity, which is an offence under the Indian
Khan had said such statements are against the
fundamentals of the constitution which provide for
non-discrimination on the basis of religion or place of birth.