Telangana court directs police to probe complaint, file case against former IPS officer

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(Adds quotes of Praveen Kumar) Karimnagar (Telangana), Jul 21 (PTI) A local court, on a private complaint, has directed the police to register a case against a former IPS officer for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

The complainant, a practicing advocate B Mahender Reddy, filed the complaint in court against R S Praveen Kumar, who recently took voluntary retirement, stating that the former official was seen in a video allegedly taking an oath against a particular community, at an event held in March this year in Telangana's Peddapalli district.

The advocate alleged that Praveen Kumar participated in a meeting which was 'propagating religious intolerance and creating a kind of separation between people'.

Asked on his comments on the court order, Praveen Kumar in a message to PTI said: 'I have tremendous faith in law and the Constitution of our country and confidence on the professionalism of Telangana Police.Let the law take its own course.' However, after the video had triggered a row, he had then clarified he had nothing to do with the oath.

'We deeply regret if it has hurt anyone''s religious sentiments.Our organisers have clarified this to all the participants on the stage itself immediately,' Praveen Kumar had then said in astatement.

Based on the complaint, the Principal Judicial First Class Magistrate court at Karimnagar on July 15 directed the police to investigate and register a case and report (file a status report) before it.

The matter was posted to July 27.

Praveen Kumar, who was Secretary of Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS), had on Monday opted for voluntary retirement 'to pursue my passion for social justice and equality with more vigour at my own pace.' The Telangana government on Tuesday had approved his request.PTI CORR VVK GDKBN BALA GDKBN BALA

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