Translate to...

DU professor arrested for social media post about claimed shivling in Gyanvapi mosque

DU professor arrested for social media post about claimed shivling in Gyanvapi mosque

Ratan Lal, an associate professor at the Delhi University was arrested on Friday night, in connection to an allegedly objectionable social media post on the shivling claimed to be found at Varanasi’s Gyanvapi mosque, PTI reported.

Lal, a professor of history, had been booked on Wednesday on the basis of a complaint filed by a Supreme Court lawyer named Vineet Jindal.

On Friday, Lal was summoned by the police for questioning and later arrested, The Indian Express reported. The professor has been booked under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion) and 295A (malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code.

In his complaint, Jindal had alleged that a post made by the professor on social media has hurt the sentiments of Hindus.

“The contents of the statement made by the accused about Shiva Linga is derogatory and provocative,” Jindal added. “It is quite aggravating and defamatory statement for the whole Hindu community.”

After the complaint was filed, Lal said he had been receiving death threats and sought protection from the government.

The Gyanvapi mosque case

On May 12, a Varanasi court had allowed a survey commission to carry out videography inside the Gyanvapi mosque, located next to the Kashi Vishwanath temple.

The order was passed on a petition filed by five Hindu women last...

Read more