After sparking a row with his "Anti-Krishna squads" tweets, lawyer and founder of Swaraj India Prashant Bhushan was at the centre of controversy on Monday, after ink was thrown at his house in Sector 14, Noida.
This comes after Prashant Bhushan took to Twitter with certain remarks on Lord Krishna, while criticising the 'anti-Romeo' drive in Uttar Pradesh, following which, he was booked for hurting religious feelings.
Romeo loved just one lady,while Krishna was a legendary Eve teaser.Would Adityanath have the guts to call his vigilantes AntiKrishna squads? https://t.co/IYslpP0ECv— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) April 2, 2017
As the controversy escalated, Prashant Bhushan made efforts to do damage control by tweeting that his remarks had been distorted, and he had no intention of hurting religious sentiments.
My tweet on Romeo brigade being distorted. My position is: By the logic of Romeo Brigade, even Lord Krishna would look like eve teaser.— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) April 2, 2017
We have grown up with legends of young Krishna teasing Gopis.The logic of Romeo squad would criminalise this.Didnt intend to hunt sentiments— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) April 2, 2017
However, by then separate police complaints had been filed against him by Delhi BJP spokesperson Tajinder Pal Bagga in the national capital, and UP Congress spokesperson Zeeshan Haidar in Lucknow.
Manzil Saini, Senior Superintendent of Police of Lucknow, said that they have registered an FIR against Bhushan under IPC sections related to hurting religious feelings and promoting enmity between different groups.
"The FIR has been registered against Prashant Bhushan under sections 153A and 295A of the Indian Penal Code. The FIR has been lodged at Hazratganj Police Station," the SSP said.
Haider said he had lodged a police complaint against Bhushan for his indecent remarks on Lord Krishna, "who is revered across the world. This is not a question of Hindu or Muslim. The tweets by Bhushan have hurt sentiments of crores of devotees."
The Tilak Marg police in Delhi, where Bagga has lodged a complaint, is looking into the matter, a police official said, adding no FIR has been lodged yet.
The special Anti-Romeo Squads of UP Police were formed to check eve-teasing after the Yogi Aditynath government assumed office last month, fulfilling one of the poll promises of the BJP. Critics have alleged that it has led to incidents of harassment.
Reacting to Bhushan's "offensive" tweet, UP BJP spokesperson Manish Shukla, said, "It simply reflects his narrow mindset. The tweet has hurt the sentiments of billions of devotees of Lord Krishna, not only in India, but across the world.
"He is the same Prashant Bhushan, who had once said that Kashmir is not a part of India. Hence, the need of the hour is to initiate stringent legal action against him." BJP's National General Secretary Bhupendra Yadav said Bhushan should study the Indian epics before commenting.