Hindu religious leader Kalicharan Maharaj sent to judicial

After his arrest, the Raipur Court sent Kalicharan Maharaj to police custody for two days. (file)

Raipur: Hindu religious leader Kalicharan Maharaj, arrested for allegedly making derogatory remarks about Mahatma Gandhi, was on Friday sent to judicial custody by a court in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur district.

The police produced him in the court a day before the expiry of his police remand and said that they have questioned him and he does not need any further custody.

He was remanded to two-day police custody by a Raipur court after his arrest by the Raipur Police from neighboring Madhya Pradesh in the early hours of Thursday.

District Prosecution Officer Hina Yasmin Khan said, “He was to be produced again on Saturday. But the police completed the interrogation and produced him before Judicial Magistrate First Class Chetna Thakur on Friday and requested that he be sent to judicial custody. ”

The court sent him to judicial custody till January 13.

After his alleged remarks about the Mahatma went viral and widespread condemnation, Raipur Police on Thursday arrested Kalicharan Maharaj alias Abhijit Dhananjay Sarg from near Bageshwar Dham, about 25 km from Khajuraho town in Madhya Pradesh.

Earlier on Sunday, an FIR was registered against him at Tikrapara police station under sections 505(2) (statements provoking enmity, hatred or malice between classes) and 294 (obscene acts) of the IPC. Later the police also added section 124A (sedition).

His arrest had sparked a dispute between the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh and the Congress government in Chhattisgarh. The MP government claimed that its police were not informed about the action.

Kalicharan Maharaj allegedly used abusive words against Mahatma Gandhi at the conclusion of the two-day ‘Dharma Sansad’ held in Raipur on Sunday evening.

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