VK Singh's alleged dog remark: Complainant challenges order

An advocate on Tuesday moved a sessions court challenging the order dismissing his criminal complaint seeking registration of FIR against VK Singh for his alleged "dog" remarks.

PTI| Updated: Dec 08, 2015, 20:05 PM IST

New Delhi: An advocate on Tuesday moved a sessions court challenging the order dismissing his criminal complaint seeking registration of FIR against Union Minister V K Singh for his alleged "dog" remarks in the aftermath of burning of two Dalit children in Haryana.

The complainant, advocate Satya Prakash Gautam, filed the revision petition before District Judge T R Naval who has fixed the matter for tomorrow.

Challenging the trial court's order, he has alleged that the magistrate "has only desperately tried to shield the proposed accused under various pretexts including those not even on record, like the intention of the proposed accused while making impugned statements which were the basis of filing the present complaint."

"It is clear...That the Metropolitan Magistrate has tried to step into the shoes of the counsel of the proposed accused to defend him. Thus, the impugned order deserves to be set aside on this ground alone," he alleged.

The magisterial court had yesterday dismissed his plea observing that no criminal offence was "ex-facie" made out against the former Army chief.

The court had said that for no reason Singh's statement can be seen as a remark made to demean any caste or creed and it does not see the comment as an "analogy drawn between the dog (as an animal) and humans (of a caste or creed)".

The complainant had alleged that the Minister of State for External Affairs had hurt the sentiments of the Dalit community with such remarks.

Singh had kicked up a storm with his alleged remarks in connection with the Faridabad incident, that the government cannot be blamed if anyone throws a stone at a dog.

The police, in its action taken report, had earlier told the court that Singh had not made any "specific derogatory and humiliating statement" warranting his prosecution on the complaint for his alleged "dog" remark.

The report had said that no cognisable offence was made out against Singh for his alleged remarks on October 21.

The court had on October 29 directed the police to file an ATR on the complaint seeking lodging of FIR against Singh under provisions of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Information Technology Act and IPC.