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Friday 7 October 2011

Complainant blasts Swamy’s “political vendetta” charge

Complainant blasts Swamy’s “political vendetta” charge

By Md. Ali,,
New Delhi: After the Delhi Police filed an FIR against Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy for spreading enmity between two communities through a hateful newspaper article, Swamy has been on defensive and trying to project the case as political vendetta for his active role in exposing the 2G scam. But the first and original complainant against Swamy’s article has blasted the charge.
The Crime Branch of Delhi Police on Monday registered the case under Section 153A (spreading enmity between communities) of Indian Penal Code for his article published on 16th July 2011 in the DNA newspaper. Swamy said that the FIR about three months after his article was published is a clear case of political vendetta.

“I wrote the article in July. The FIR is filed in October. The motive seems to be my stand on 2G (spectrum scam)," Swamy has been quoted as saying.
But the first complainant against Swamy’s hateful article, Mr Shehzad Poonawala, a 24-years law student in Delhi, said the complaint against Swamy was registered with the Delhi Police within 24 hours of the publication of his article in July itself. Harvard-educated economics scholar, Swamy’s article 'How to wipe out Islamic terror' was published on 16th July in Mumbai-based English daily DNA. Aggrieved with the highly inflammatory and hateful article, Shehzad Poonawa had approached Defence Colony Police Station in Delhi on 17th July with a written complaint against Swamy.
In July the 2G scam probe was not as hot as it is today and the Central Government was not facing as much humiliation as it is today particularly after the exposure of PMO note making the thing messier than ever. Rather the Congress-led UPA had an upper hand for not hesitating to send even cabinet minister to jail for his alleged involvement in the scam.
When Shehzad approached the Defence Colony police to file FIR against Swamy on 17th July the police using their discretionary powers filed a complaint, not an FIR, pending it for further enquiry. In his complaint, Shehzad said that Swamy “intentionally promoted, by written words, enmity on the grounds of religion and disharmony, hatred and ill will between different communities namely Hindus and Muslims which is in contravention of Section 153A(1) (b) and 153B(1) (c) of the Indian Penal code, 1860.”
Two days later i.e. on 19th July, Shehzad approached the Delhi Police Commissioner. The Commissioner’s office referred the case to the Joint Commissioner of Police/Southern Range for further necessary action. Shehzad also approached the National Commission for Minorities. Promptly acting on his complaint the commission shot a letter to Delhi Police for registering an FIR and to Election Commission of India to deregister Swamy’s party Janata Party.
A Delhi court had also asked Delhi police to go into the merits of several complaints against Swamy’s article and take proper action.
After a thorough probe now the Delhi Police has registered an FIR and it informed the minority commission on Monday about the FIR. Swamy has been booked under section 153 of IPC for promoting enmity and hatred between two communities which entails a non-bailable warrant and could land him in prison up to three years.
“Pointing out false reason of political vendetta, Swamy is just trying to portray himself as a victim and a martyr, who is being made a victim of political vendetta. But the truth is that it’s Muslims whom he targeted and who are victims of his hatred,” Shehzad told on Tuesday
“In totality, if you see across the country, there was not just one complaint but a series of complaints against Swamy for his hate filled article,” Shehzad added.
Shehzad said that what Swamy wrote and later celebrated on, is against law and constitution of India. That’s precisely the reason why legal action should be taken against him.

Swamy in his article had suggested to Indian Hindus to collectively respond to terror acts. His article was published three days after the Mumbai serial bombings of July 13. "We need a collective mindset as Hindus to stand against the Islamic terrorist... If any Muslim acknowledges his or her Hindu legacy, then we Hindus can accept him or her as a part of the Brihad Hindu Samaj (greater Hindu society) which is Hindustan," Swamy wrote in the article.
Swamy had said that the terror attacks are done by Muslims in order to scare the “Hindu psyche and create the fear of civil war.” He appealed to all the Hindus of the country to unite against radical Muslims and asks them to take inspiration from Jews. “Fanatic Muslims consider Hindu-dominated India “an unfinished chapter of Islamic conquests,” said Swamy.
"Others, who refuse to acknowledge this, or those foreigners who become Indian citizens by registration, can remain in India but should not have voting rights (which means they cannot be elected representatives)," he added in his edit page article.

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