Karimnagar: Karimnagar police registered a case against retired IPS officer and former secretary of Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society Dr RS Praveen Kumar for allegedly humiliating Hindu gods.
The Principal Judicial First Class Magistrate court, dealing with a petition by Bethi Mahender Reddy, an advocate and BJP leader, had instructed the three town police on Wednesday to register a case against Praveen Kumar and Nyathari Shankar Babu, a government teacher, and take up investigation.
Based on the court’s instructions, Karimnagar three town police registered the case under section 153-A, 295-A, 298 r/w 34 IPC and began investigation.
It may be recalled that on the occasion of Kanshiram’s birthday, members of SWAEROES, a voluntary organization, took a month long Bheem Diksha (Gnana Diksha) at Bhudda statue, Dhoolikatta, Eligaid mandal of Peddapalli district on March 15 this year.
While taking diksha, they took an oath stating that they will pray to Hindu gods like Rama and Krishna. They would also not believe in Gouri, Ganesha and other Hindu gods.
Praveen Kumar reportedly took the oath with an outstretched hand during the Bheem Diksha. The issue turned controversial when a video clip of Praveen Kumar taking the oath went viral on various social media platforms.
Upset by the incident, Mahender Reddy lodged a complaint with Karimnagar three town police on March 16, demanding action against Praveeen Kumar for trying to create hatred among groups by provoking religious sentiments.
On March 18, he lodged a complaint with Commissioner of Police VB Kamalasan Reddy.
Since the police failed to take action, Mahender Reddy, along with another advocate Yennampalli Gangadhar, filed a petition in the court on March 22. The case was pending due to closure of the court following the lockdown.
Dealing with the case on Wednesday, the judge instructed police to register a case against Praveen Kumar and Shankar Babu and take up the investigation.
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