The Hyderabad High Court on Monday heard a petition filed by Hindu seer Paripoornananda, challenging the externment orders issued against him by the Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda commissionerates.
Justice A. Rajasheker Reddy was hearing the arguments of both the petitioner, represented by senior counsel, D Prakash Reddy, and the state government, represented by Additional Advocate General J Ramchander Rao.
Paripoornananda was externed from Hyderabad on July 11 shortly after Mahesh Kathi, a film critic, was externed from the city on July 9. He had threatened to take out protests across the state against an alleged statement made by the film critic against a Hindu deity. Both individuals were externed under the Anti-Social and Hazardous Activities Act,1980.
Last week, the High Court admitted a petition on the matter, which claimed that the move was 'unconstitutional' as the person who is being expelled must be a 'goonda'.
The seer's counsel also pointed out that the show-cause notices issued by all three police commissioners were more or less the same and cited the same reasons.
Hitting back, the state government accused the Hindu seer of openly inciting violence with his speeches, adding that they had video evidences of the same.
â€śParipoornananda was openly inciting violence and disturbing tranquillity in society with his hate speeches. We gave him notices to appear before police, but he chose to ignore them. It is essential to pack off such elements from the purview of Hyderabad. Through his inflammatory speeches, he was turning areas into sensitive zones,â€ť the Additional AG was quoted as saying.
After hearing both sides, the HC asked for an original copy of the 'provocative' speeches made by the seer and gave the Telangana government 24 hours to file a reply.
Meanwhile, in a related development, film critic Kathi Mahesh, who was in Bengaluru, was served two show cause notices by the Rachakonda and Cyberabad police commissioners on Sunday, asking him why he should not be externed from their respective commissionerates.
The entire incident had blown out of proportion after Kathi made a remark on the Ramayana, which did not go down well with the seer and his followers.
Paripoornanda had received a similar notice earlier this month, after he claimed that he could still visit parts of the IT sector and Secunderabad, as it was only the Hyderabad police which had externed him.
The externment order cited several instances of Paripoornanda making statements promoting enmity between communities.
Police said Paripoornanda, who started an organisation called 'Rashtriya Hindu Sena' in November 2017, made provocative remarks at meetings in Hyderabad, Kamareddy and other places in Telangana.