The Sunday Review
When dozens of security personnel crowded onto the runway of New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport on Thursday, it was not to Fugitive criminal or terrorist mastermind or capture to Unruly passengers should be apprehended.
It was to An arrest opposition A politician who allegedly had an affair with a woman “disturbed harmony” — by misstating the Prime Minister’s middle name.
Pawan KheraThe spokesperson of the Congress party was on the way to his party’s national convention when he was forced off his plane and arrested by police.
The alleged crime he committed? His alleged crime? to Last week, live television as “Narendra Gautamdas Modi” Refer to to Gautam is a troubled business magnate Adani.
AdaniAfter a Hindenburg report, which alleges stock market manipulations and fraud, Modi’s close friend and one of the richest people on the planet, he saw his net worth drop by half in just two weeks. Adani Group. The Adani Group denounces the report “baseless” And “malicious.”
Assam Police claimed that they have deployed a team to New Delhi to Arrest Khera For questioning following Wednesday’s registration of a case for his “objectionable remarks about the Prime Minister.”
“[Khera] was trying to disturb the communal harmony in society, (according to) sections of the Indian Penal Code under criminal conspiracy,” Prasanta K. Bhuyan is the Assam Police spokesperson.
However, the arrest Khera has set the stage for a dramatic showdown between India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress party, which has accused the government of stiffling dissent in the world’s largest democracy of 1.3 billion people.
Many Congressmen responded to Protest by sitting down on an airstrip during the arrest Khera was released hours later, after India’s Supreme Court ordered him to to be granted interim bail. His brief imprisonment triggered a media frenzy that dominated prime-time news and headlines.
Talk to Reporters after his release Thursday Khera He said that he was “asked to deplane as if I was a terrorist.”
“This is not the only example of people’s rights and liberties being curtailed. Today it’s me, tomorrow it could be anyone,” He said.
Congressmember Supriya Shrinate was on a trip with Khera He was also arrested at the time. “If this isn’t tyranny, then what is?”
In a statement by the Congress party, statement That Khera’s arrest was “undemocratic,” And “arbitrary,” adding: “We vehemently oppose this dictatorial behavior.”
“This charade is not going to deter us from raising questions” about The Adani Group and the alleged ties it has to Modi.
Sunday Review reached out for comments to a BJP spokesperson, but they have not responded.
Talk to Indian news channel NDTV late Thursday, the BJP chief minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, said: “Police have all the rights to ArrestKhera).
Khera’s arrest comes weeks after the country banned a documentary from the BBC that was critical of the Prime Minister’s alleged role in deadly riots more than 20 years ago. Indian tax authorities raided the BBC’s offices in New Delhi and Mumbai earlier this month citing “irregularities and discrepancies” in the BBC’s taxes. BBC supported its documentary, claiming it had been following the tax investigation.
There were days before Khera’s arrest, Sarma, the Assam chief minister, had warned there would be consequences to His remarks about Modi.
“India will not forget or forgive these horrible remarks of Congressmen,” He wrote Twitter, Monday
The Sunday Review cannot be accessed yet to Reach Khera and the lawyers.