A day after Telangana's Law Department issued a Government Order (GO) that gave permission to prosecute BJP MLA Raja Singh for a hate speech, the Goshamahal legislator remains defiant.
Singh is known for his alleged hate speeches and communal statements, and took to Facebook on Friday, to respond to the news.
"I have learnt from the media that Hyderabad Commissioner Mahender Reddy wrote to the Telangana government, which has issued a GO, to take action against me.â€ť
The present case refers to a 'Vishal Gau Rakshana Garjana' that Singh had organised in September 2013, at Shahinayathgunj, in Hyderabad's Old City area.
Raja Singh was reported to have made an inflammatory speech at the event, following which a case was registered against him under IPC section 153(A) (creating enmity between two communities on the basis of religion).
The police needed the state's permission to prosecute Singh, as he is a sitting member of the Legislative Assembly.
"I have no sadness that one more case has been booked on me. However, I would like to tell the Telangana government, our Chief Minister and the police, that Raja Singh did not enter politics to rule, but to serve his religion and to protect cows," Singh said in his response.
"You can book cases on me. I have no problem. More than 50 cases were booked under me during the Congress rule for my 'Gau Raksha' activities. However, I will continue my 'Gau Raksha' and continue serving my Hindu brothers and my country, till my dying breath," he added.
Singh is no stranger to controversy, and already has several cases booked against him.
"Arrest me, and book another 1,000 cases. Kill me in an encounter, or hang me. I request you to do so because I don't want to live a life in a country where cows are being slaughtered. I will be alive only for 'Gau Raksha', and to serve my religion," he concluded in his response.
Earlier this month, during the communal clashes in Baduria and Basirhat districts of West Bengal, Singh asked Hindus in the area to "respond in the same way" that Hindus did, during the 2002 Gujarat riots.
In May, a case was registered against him, after he described Hyderabad's Old City area as "mini Pakistan" and made some other objectionable remarks.
Singh had also told a television channel in an interview that the Constitution and the law currently in force were not his priorities.
Police had earlier booked Singh for his statement that there was no place in India for those who do not sing 'Vande Mataram'.
Before that, the police had booked another case on the legislator for threatening to 'behead anyone who opposes the construction of a Ram temple, at the disputed site at Ayodhyaâ€™.