Batla encounter: Petition against Rahul, Digvijay

A petition was filed on Tuesday in a court against Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Digvijay Singh alleging they had hurt religious sentiments.

Last Updated: Jan 17, 2012, 18:57 PM IST

Azamgarh: A petition was filed on Tuesday in a
court here seeking registration of a case against Congress
leaders Rahul Gandhi and Digvijay Singh alleging they had hurt
religious sentiments by raking up the Batla House encounter
issue.

The petition was filed by one Jitendra Singh in the
court of Chief Judicial Magistrate V K Singh, his counsel Lal
Bahadur Singh said.
The petitioner stated during Rahul`s Azamgarh visit on
January 10 the issue of Batla House encounter was raised by
Dijvijay Singh who had termed it fake.

This action had hurt religious feelings, the petitioner
said adding as the matter was pending in a court such remarks
were unfortunate.

The CJM fixed February eight for further hearing.

The petitioner`s counsel said though Digvijay Singh had
given the statement, Rahul had not contradicted it showing his
involvement in the episode.
He said the court had been requested to order filing of a
case againt them under section 296 A (disturbing religious
assembly) and section 298 (uttering words with deliberate
intent to hurt religious feelings) of the IPC.

Digvijay had said in Azamgarh that he always believed that
the Batla House encounter was "fake".

The encounter on September 19, 2008 at Batla House in the
national capital led to the killing of Delhi Police Inspector
Mohan Chandra Sharma and two terrorists.

PTI