The Yadigir police in Karnataka have registered a case against BJP MLA Raja Singh from Hyderabad, for making a provocative speech that could disturb communal harmony.
The Goshamahal legislator had made the speech at the Virat Hindu Samavesh convention in Yadagiri on Thursday evening, where he brandished a sword, and asked all Hindus in the country to pick up their weapons.
The Times of India reported that Sri Ram Sene founder Pramod Muthalik, the forum's state president, the Andola Siddaling seer, and Hyderabad-Karnataka region president, Vijay Patil, were also booked along with Singh.
Quoting sources, the ToI report adds that Raja Singh was specially invited by Muthalik, as he is known for making fiery speeches.
Inspector General of Police (North Eastern Range) Alok Kumar told PTI, “We have taken up a suo motu case....We have taken up a case of unlawful assembly, display of arms and spreading hatred between communities against four persons — Pramod Kumar Muthalik, Vijay Patil, Raja Singh Thakur and Andola Swamy and others."
It isn’t the first time that Raja has said something controversial and gotten into trouble with the law. Just this year alone, Raja has been in the news multiple times.
In November, he threatened to burn down theatres in Telangana if they screen Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmavati'.
He termed the movie a conspiracy to show Rajputs in poor light by defaming their queens, and called Bhansali a "dog" for allegedly portraying Padmavathi as a lover of Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji. He claimed that 16,000 brave women immolated themselves when Chittorgarh fort was attacked.
He said the filmmaker had still not responded to the demand from Rajput and Kshatriya organisations that the movie should be shown to them before releasing in theaters.
"If the film depict history without any distortion and highlights the valour of Rajputs, we will welcome it but if it portrays them in poor light then we will not allow its release in theatres," he said.
The MLA said producers were producing such films to make money as more people were going to theatres to watch them due to the controversies. He said ‘PK’ earned Rs 500 crore as more people watched it after the protests.
"If you are true patriots and true Hindus, you should boycott such movies. You should not help them make money. If the film flops, no other filmmaker will dare to make such movies," said Singh.