Tushar Gandhi files case against Hindutva leader over remarks on Gandhijitext_fields
New Delhi: Author and great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Tushar Gandhi, has filed a private criminal suit in a Pune court against Hindutva leader Sambhaji Bhide for his "defamatory" remarks against the Father of the Nation.
In a statement on Friday, Gandhi said that he has also filed a complaint in the district and sessions court in Shivaji Nagar against the Pune police for not acting on his application submitted in the Deccan Gymkhana police station last month, seeking action against Bhide.
Bhide, the founder of the Shri Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan outfit, is accused of making offensive remarks about Mahatma Gandhi's lineage while speaking at a programme in the Amravati district in eastern Maharashtra in the last week of July.
Gandhi said that when he submitted the complaint application against Bhide, the police said they would seek legal opinion before moving forward in the matter.
"Since then, they have been just dilly-dallying and did not give any concrete reason (for not filing a case against Bhide). Since no action was taken on our application, we had to approach the court and file a complaint of defamation against Bhide," he told reporters.
"It is unfortunate that the police are forgetting their duties and working under political pressure," he said.
Gandhi, along with his advocate and some others, had visited the Deccan Gymkhana police station and filed a complaint against the right-wing leader, seeking registration of a case against him under IPC sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 499 (defamation) and 505 (statements conducing public mischief).
"Bhide made derogatory remarks not just against Bapu, but also against his family," Gandhi had then said.
Following Bhide’s remarks, first information reports (FIRs) were registered in Amravati and Nashik against him.
With inputs from PTI