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MP: Case registered against Digvijaya Singh for 'misleading' post on Jain temple

Singh had posted on his official X account that some “alleged anti-social elements of Bajrang Dal” had ransacked the Jain temple complex at Kundalpur. He had later deleted the post

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Congress veteran and Rajya Sabha Digvijaya Singh is in the dock for an alleged misleading post on his X social media account about the Kundalpur Jain temple being ransacked in Damoh district. An official said on Wednesday (August 30) that the Madhya Pradesh police have filed a case against him.

Following the police case, state BJP chief VD Sharma demanded that Singh’s account on X, formerly Twitter, be suspended for “misleading” people.

Singh, in a post on August 27 on his official X account, claimed that some “alleged anti-social elements of Bajrang Dal” had ransacked the Jain temple complex at Kundalpur (in Damoh) on August 26 night and kept a "Shiv Pindi" there. While Singh tagged the post to the MP chief minister and director general of police, he deleted it later.

Damoh Superintendent of Police Sunil Tiwari said that based on a complaint, the Kotwali police have registered a case against Singh under Indian Penal Code sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion), 177 (furnishing false information) and 505(2) (statements conducing to public mischief) for the post on Kundalpur Jain temple.

No such incident in Jain temple

He said after a spot investigation of the Kundalpur Jain temple by the sub-divisional magistrate and sub-divisional officer of police, the news about the incident was found to be “without facts and misleading”. Kundalpur trust committee chairman Chandrakumar Bajaj also denied such an incident in the temple.

Bajrang Dal’s city convener Shambhu Vishwakarma said his outfit’s workers had submitted a memorandum to the police against Singh’s “misleading” post about the Kundalpur temple complex, after which the police registered an FIR (first information report) against the 76-year-old Congress leader.

Disturbing communal harmony

Singh should be arrested immediately for “disturbing communal harmony”, he said. Meanwhile, BJP state president VD Sharma told reporters that they are also going to complain to X seeking the suspension of Singh’s account on the social media platform, which he said is used to incite social hatred and religious sentiments.

Digvijaya Singh is a “habitual political criminal” and he constantly posts fake tweets to ruin the atmosphere of the country and the state, Sharma said.

The BJP leader said MP Congress chief Kamal Nath has no issues to raise ahead of the Assembly elections, which will likely be held by the year-end, so they “serve lies through Digvijaya Singh to hurt religious sentiments and spread hatred in society”.

BJP will take legal steps in this regard, he added.

(With inputs from agencies)

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