Demand for Hindu Rashtra does not mean promoting enmity between two religions

Devout Hindu advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain’s argument in Delhi High Court

New Delhi – The demand for a Hindu Rashtra in any democratic system does not mean creating enmity between two religions argued Vishnu Shankar Jain. Speaking with utmost responsibility he said that if the Court is of the view that the demand for Hindu Rashtra is an offence under section 153 of the Indian Penal Code, he shall not move the bail petition for the accused. The argument was put up by devout Hindu advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, in the Delhi High Court in favour of his client Preet Singh.

A few weeks ago, Preet Singh had organised an agitation at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar. A case was filed by some people against Preet Singh for allegedly raising objectionable slogans and he was subsequently arrested. He is presently in judicial custody. After hearing the arguments of both parties, the Court has still not given its decision. In this case, the bail plea of the main organiser of the programme, BJP leader and advocate Mr Ashwini Upadhyay, has been approved.

Talking to the media, advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain said his client had not made any such statement for which a case under section 153 could be filed against him. The agitation was for demanding Uniform Civil Code in India. Singh had left the place at 11.45 a.m. after the agitation ended, but the alleged objectionable slogans were raised at 4.45 pm.

What is section 153?

Disturbing the peace of society by provocative statements or riots is an offence under section 153 of the Indian Penal Code and a case can be filed against the accused.