Delhi University professor arrested over social media post on Gyanvapi Mosque
Delhi University professor Ratan Lal was arrested on Friday over a social media post on Gyanvapi Mosque.
Professor of Delhi University’s Hindu College Ratan Lal was arrested on Friday for his objectionable social media post related to the Gyanvapi Mosque case.
According to the police, the professor made derogatory comments about a ‘Shivling’ found inside Varanasi’s Gyanvapi mosque complex.
As per sources, the police will present Ratan Lal before the court on Saturday.
Ratan Lal was arrested under Indian Penal Code sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 295A (deliberate act to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion) by the Cyber Police Station of North District.
As per the sources, there will be a protest asking for the release of Ratan Lal today.
A complaint was lodged with the Delhi Police against Ratan Lal by Supreme Court lawyer Vineet Jindal. In the complaint, Lal was accused of hurting religious sentiments.
In his complaint, the lawyer said that the issue of a ‘Shivling’ found in the Gyanvapi mosque complex which is very sensitive in nature and the matter is pending before the court.
Defending his post earlier, Lal had said, “In India, if you speak about anything, someone or the other’s sentiment will be hurt. So this is nothing new. I am a historian and have made several observations. As I wrote them down, I have used very guarded language in my post and still this. I will defend myself.”