An affiliate professor with Delhi University was arrested final night time over a social media publish referring to claims a few ‘Shivling’ discovered inside Varanasi’s Gyanvapi mosque advanced, police mentioned.
Police mentioned Ratan Lal, who works with Hindu College, was arrested by officers of north Delhi’s Cyber Police Station. He is accused of selling enmity between teams on grounds of faith and committing acts prejudicial to upkeep of concord.
The FIR in opposition to Mr Lal was registered Tuesday night time following a police grievance by a Delhi-based lawyer. In his grievance, advocate Vineet Jindal mentioned Mr Lal had just lately shared a “derogatory, inciting and provocative tweet on the Shivling”.
The assertion made by Mr Lal on his Twitter account is “instigating and provoking”, he mentioned within the grievance.
The challenge could be very delicate in nature and is pending earlier than the courtroom, the lawyer mentioned in his grievance.
Defending his publish earlier, Mr Lal had mentioned, “In India, if you speak about anything, someone or the other’s sentiment will be hurt. So this is nothing new. I am a historian and have made several observations. As I wrote them down, I have used very guarded language in my post and still this. I will defend myself.”
Congress chief Digivijaya Singh has condemned the professor’s arrest.
— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) May 21, 2022
“I strongly condemn Prof Ratn Lal’s arrest. He has the Constitutional Right of opinion and expression,” he tweeted.
(With inputs from businesses)