- A special court in Rajasthan has ordered a FIR against all-rounder Hardik Pandya
- The order is based on a complaint filed by DR Meghwal, a member of Rashtriya Bhim Sena
- The complaint is based on a tweet mocking BR Ambedkar, posted by Pandya’s parody account
Leading all-rounder Hardik Pandya is apparently in trouble over a tweet on BR Ambedkar, the architect of the constitution, which was posted from a parody account. A special SC/ST court in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur, on Wednesday (March 21), directed the local police to file a FIR against the cricketer and question him over the tweet.
The petition against Pandya was filed by one DR Meghwal, an advocate by profession. The petitioner stated that the ‘Hardik Pandya Ambedkar Tweet’ was offensive and hurt the sentiments of a large number of people in the country. However, an important point in contention here is that a copy of the complaint shows that the comment was never posted from the all-rounder’s verified Twitter handle.
Hardik Pandya wrongly dragged in the FIR, which was to be directed at the parody account
While Hardik Pandya’s twitter handle is @hardikpandya7, the court order is based on a complaint that refers to the handle @sirhardik3777, most likely a parody account or fan page account based on Hardik Pandya, which posted “Which Ambedkar ??? The one who drafted a cross law and constitution or the one who spread the disease called reservation in the country.”
Offended by the supposed ‘Hardik Pandya Tweet’, Meghwal, who is also a member of Rashtriya Bhim Sena in Rajasthan’s Jalore district, filed a petition against the Mumbai Indians‘ cricketer on Tuesday (March 20). The petitioner’s complaint also reads that a comment like this by a leading public figure is not only an attempt to insult and disregard the constitution and the architect of the constitution but has also set a bad example.
“I learnt about Pandya’s comment through social media in January. It appeared quite derogatory for a figure like Ambedkar and was an attempt to spread hatred and create division in the society,” Meghwal said, as reported by the Times of India.
“By doing so, he has committed a serious crime and hurt the sentiments of my entire community,” he further stated, adding that Pandya should be given adequate and suitable punishment for his “crass act” on social media.
Meghwal’s petition and the subsequent court order to file a FIR against Pandya also prompted a response from the local police. “We are yet to receive the orders of the court and once we get it, I will be in a position to comment. Further action will be taken according to law,” said Rajesh Yadav, a police officer in Jaipur.
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