New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Chhattisgarh Police on Tuesday arrested CM Bhupesh Baghel's father Nand Kumar Baghel and produced him before a court in Raipur. The 86-year-old was arrested over his alleged derogatory remarks against Brahmins. The Raipur court later sent him to 15-day judicial custody, his lawyer Gajendra Sonkar informed. 

An FIR was filed against Baghel on Monday over his alleged remarks mentioning Brahmins as 'outsiders'. The FIR was lodged at the DD Nagar Police Station in Raipur by the Brahmin community. The FIR was registered under IPC sections 505 and 153. 

"The Brahmin community raised an objection to the statement made by Nand Kumar Baghel and complained to the police accusing him of creating tensions and spreading hatred in society," DD Nagar Police Station in-charge Yogita Khaparde said.

Following the controversy over his father's remarks, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday said that no one is above the law adding that legal action will be taken in the matter.

"As a Chief Minister, I have a responsibility to maintain harmony among different communities. If he (the father) made a remark against a community, I feel sorry. Legal action would be taken against him," he told reporters here.

Noting that everything is above the law, the Chief Minister tweeted, "As a son, I respect my father, but as a Chief Minister, none of his mistakes can be overlooked which disturbs the public order. No one is above the law in our government, even if he is the chief minister's father."

Bhupesh's father during his tour in Uttar Pradesh had called to "boycott" Brahmins. "Brahmins will be sent from Ganga to Volga river. They are foreigners. They consider us untouchables and are snatching away all our rights. I will urge villagers to not let Brahmins enter their village," Nand Kumar Baghel had said as quoted by ANI.

 

(With ANI Inputs)

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan