Raja Singh, BJP MLA from Telangana.
Raja Singh, BJP MLA from Telangana.

101 cases, just 1 conviction: How BJP's Raja Singh keeps getting away

While the Hyderabad police stated that BJP MLA Raja Singh has 101 cases against him, out of which 18 are communal in nature, the fact is that so far he has not yet been convicted in a single hate speech case.

In 2016, Mohammed Irfan Quadri, a Hyderabad-based social activist-turned-politician filed a complaint against BJP MLA from Goshamahal Raja Singh. Quadri’s complaint to the police was about the vitriolic videos of Raja Singh in general; however, he mentioned three videos as examples in his complaint. In one speech, Raja Singh warned Muslims against slaughtering cows, and threatened that if they continued to, they would be slaughtered in the same way. Five years later, on December 17, 2021, Raja Singh was acquitted by a Special Court that specifically examines cases against lawmakers in the state. The court had two reasons to acquit Raja Singh — firstly, the police had skipped a procedure that required recording the material evidence properly; and the more serious reason — the police did not ask for sanction from the government to prosecute the MLA before or after filing the chargesheet. To prosecute an elected representative in certain cases, a sanction is needed from the government concerned.

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