Kalicharan Maharaj Granted Bail in Pune Hate Speech Case

A Pune court on Friday granted bail to self-proclaimed ‘godman’ Kalicharan in a hate speech case on a surety amount of Rs 25,000, news agency ANI reported.

Kalicharan, however, will continue to remain in judicial custody for his derogatory remarks against Mahatma Gandhi. He will be sent back to Chattisgarh by the Pune Police.

Two days earlier, a Pune court had sent him to one-day police custody after the Pune Police took arrested him from its counterpart in Raipur district in connection with the hate speeches made by him during the “Shivpratap Din” programme held in the city on 19 December.

As per reports by The Indian Express, the programme was organised by Samasta Hindutva Aghadi at Natubag in Shukrawar Peth to mark the killing of Adilshahi General Afzal Khan by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1659.

On December 30, Kalicharan was previously arrested for making derogatory remarks against Mahatma Gandhi at the Chhattisgarh ‘Dharam Sansad’. Next day, he was sent to judicial custody till 13 January.

In videos clips of the event that have received widespread outrage on social media, Kalicharan can be heard saying: “They (minorities) seized power through politics here. And the great ** Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi led us to this ruin. Salutations to Godse ji that he killed that **.”

“Doing operations is necessary. For these pimples and boils. Otherwise, they turn into cancer. I’m not asking you to do riots…” He further said in the video.

The Dharma Sansad even was Lso attended by a number of political leaders, including by Congress.

A number of party leaders, including MLA Vikas Upadhyay and former Mayor Pramod Dubey had attended the first day of the Sansad – Kalash Yatra, which was inaugurated by senior BJP leader and former chief minister of the state, Raman Singh.

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