Raipur, Chhattisgarh: Self proclaimed godman Kalicharan Maharaj was arrested by Chhattisgarh Police from Madhya Pradesh’s Khajuraho today in the early morning. His controversial statement against Mahatma Gandhi during an Dharam Sansad event in Ranchi, Chhattisgarh invoked outrage among public and political parties had called for swift action against him.
According to reports, Kalicharan Maharaj was evading his arrest after he was booked by Chhattisgarh Police, Chhatarpur superintendent of police Sachin Sharma said: “Kalicharan Maharaj was living in a rented room in Bageshwar Dham, 25km from Khajuraho. He booked a room in a guest house in Khajuraho by hiding his identity. When he reached there on Thursday morning, he was arrested by Chhattisgarh police,”
A first information report (FIR) was registered after former mayor Pramod Dubey filed a complaint on Sunday against Kalicharan Maharaj in Raipur for allegedly using derogatory words against Mahatma Gandhi. A case was also registered against him at Akola in Maharashtra on Monday in this connection.
Chhattisgarh Police has now charged Kalicharan Maharaj with sedition and other various sections of IPC, initially he was booked under 294 and 505 (2) . “During the investigation, on the basis of evidence, sections 153 A (1) (A), 153 B (1) (A), 295 A , 505 (1) (B) have also been included” said Chhattisgarh Police
Madhya Pradesh’s Home Minister spat with Chhattisgarh Govt
Amid sudden arrest of Kalicharan Maharaj, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra alleged the Chhattisgarh Police violated inter-state protocol by arresting Kalicharan from the state without informing local police, and asked the Madhya Pradesh police chief to take up the matter with his Chhattisgarh counterpart.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel rejected the allegations that the police violated any protocol. “Narottam Mishra should tell whether he is happy or sad about the arrest of the person who insulted Mahatma Gandhi. No rules have been violated and the arrest made by the Chhattisgarh Police was as per procedure,” Mr Baghel said.
With inputs from PTI
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