Vineet Jindal, an attorney for the Supreme Court, has filed a formal complaint against Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly making offensive statements against the President's caste.
Jindal claims in his complaint to Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora that the remarks were made with the objective to sow hatred among different ethnicities and groups while working to instill suspicion in the Central Government.
The lawsuit requests that the accused persons be held accountable for their claimed activities, which he claims violate sections 121, 153A, 505, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.
“I am making this complaint against Mallikarjun Kharge, the Congress president, and Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, among others, who have made provocative, inflammatory, derogatory, and inciting statements with the sole intention of fostering hostility between the community by mentioning the caste of the president of India Droupadi Murmu.
“Recently, I have seen a number of notable politicians making inflammatory remarks in media reports on the event of the Inauguration of the new Parliament building by making references to the caste of our Hon'ble President of India.
The statements made by Kharge and Kejriwal intentionally reference the caste of the esteemed President of India in order to suggest that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the current administration purposefully did not invite the President to the inauguration of the new Parliament building.
Since our esteemed President is also a member of the ST and Adivasi communities, these words have been extensively reported on and disseminated in the press and on social media.
“Such remarks made by powerful political figures to incite hatred among communities or groups on the basis of caste and against the legally elected government are extremely condemnable. Political leaders shouldn't be permitted to degrade themselves to the point of defaming the highest constitutional positions only for the purpose of their own political benefit. Additionally, it would spread mistrust against the democratically elected government and constitute violations under sections 121, 153A, and 505, all of which are cognizable offenses with extremely significant consequences, according to the complaint.