Chhattisgarh CM’s Father Arrested for Hate Speech, Freed on Bail After 3 Days | Latest India News
RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel’s father Nand Kumar Baghel, who was arrested for allegedly making disparaging remarks against the Brahmin community, was released on bail from a Raipur prison on Friday evening, his lawyer said. .
Nand Kumar Baghel, 86, was arrested Tuesday by Chhattisgarh police. Not asking for bail when he was brought before a judge following his arrest, the court remanded him in custody for 15 days.
His lawyer, Gajendra Sonkar, said he then filed for bail and requested a hearing.
“After hearing the arguments, First Class Judicial Magistrate (JMFC) Janak Kumar Hidko granted him bail on Friday,” Sonkar said.
Nand Kumar Baghel was released from prison hours later after spending three nights behind bars.
Nand Kumar Patel was convicted of encouraging hostility between different groups over a complaint by Sarv Brahmin Samaj, the outfit which alleged that the chief minister’s father, speaking at an event in Uttar Pradesh, recently urged people to “boycott the Brahmins”, to expel the Brahmins from the country and called them “foreigners”.
In a statement after police filed the First Information Report (FIR) against his father, Chief Minister Baghel said the comments reported by his father hurt feelings in the community.
“Each person is equal before my government. Everyone knows my ideological differences with my father. Our political thoughts and beliefs are different. I honor him like his son, but as CM, I cannot forgive him for such statements which disturb public order, ”the statement read, adding that legal action in the matter will be ensured.
“No one is above the law in my government, even though he is the father of the 86-year-old chief minister,” the chief minister said.