Jaunpur (UP): A local court Saturday directed
the police to lodge a case against four cabinet ministers of
Uttar Pradesh and five other persons in connection with an
article published in a magazine allegedly denigrating Hindu
Gods, Goddesses and epics.
On an application filed by one Radhey Shyam Varma, Chief
Judicial Magistrate Mohd Ashraf Ansari has directed the police
to lodge an FIR against cabinet ministers Swami Prasad Maurya,
Babu Singh Kushwaha, Naseemuddin Siddiqui and Daddu Prasad and
The application said that in May issue of monthly
magazine "Ambedkar Today" an article `Vedic Brahmins and their
Religion` was published in which allegedly objectionable
comments were made against Hindu Gods, Goddesses and epics.
Varma alleged the material published regarding Hindu
culture, Vedas and Upnishads had hurt the sentiments of spirit
of the religion.
Admitting the application, the CJM directed the police to
lodge the case under various sections of the IPC and submit
the investigation report.
Other than the four ministers, the court directed to
lodge an FIR against chairman of Backward Commission Parasnath
Maurya, Sushma Rana, editor of the magazine Rajiv Ratan
Maurya, bureau chief Ashok Anand and writer of the article
Ashwini Kumar Shakya.
The state government had in May ordered a CB-CID probe
into the article published by the magazine.