‘Sant’ Kalicharan, who was arrested by Raipur Police on December 30th, just days after making a disrespectful speech about Mahatma Gandhi at the Chhattisgarh ‘Dharam Sansad,’ has been remanded in detention till January 1st.
Kalicharan was apprehended in Madhya Pradesh’s Khajuraho and brought before a court amid chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ from his supporters.
Three separate police teams were dispatched to Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra to apprehend him, according to senior police authorities. “We discovered him 25 kilometres outside of Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh. He had booked a room close to Bageshwar Dham. He was apprehended at 4 a.m. and is being transported to Raipur, where he is expected to arrive by the evening,” Raipur Superintendent of Police Prashant Agrawal said.
At Raipur’s Tikrapara Police Station, a case had been filed against the ‘godman.’
Kalicharan allegedly attacked Mahatma Gandhi and praised Nathuram Godse for killing him while attending the ‘Dharam Sansad’ in the state capital Raipur on December 25-26.
Kalicharan Maharaj was arrested by Pune city police on Tuesday for allegedly making a hate remark during the ‘Shivpratap Din’ programme in Pune on December 19.
Meanwhile, in the aftermath of the arrest, Madhya Pradesh government heavyweights, including the state’s Home Minister Narottam Mishra, and other BJP politicians, including Union Minister Giriraj Singh, have criticised the Chhattisgarh government.
How did Kalicharan Maharaj’s arrest take place
“Kalicharan Maharaj was residing in a rented room near Bageshwar Dham in Madhya Pradesh, around 25 kilometres from Khajuraho. He was apprehended by Raipur police at 4 a.m. today. Late in the evening, the police team will arrive in Raipur with the accused “Prashant Agarwal, the Raipur Superintendent of Police, said reporters.
Sedition charges have been filed against the self-styled saint.
He has been charged under Sections 153 A (1) (A) (punish persons who engage in wanton vilification or attacks upon the religion, race, or ethnicity of any particular group), 153 B (1) (a) (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration), 295 a (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class), and 505 (1) (b) (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class), and 50 (intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public).
“Kalicharan Maharaj was apprehended by the Chhattisgarh police. His family and attorney have been notified. Within 24 hours, he will be brought before the court, “Bhupesh Baghel, the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, informed reporters on Thursday.
The state of Madhya Pradesh objects to Kalicharan’s detention, and Chief Minister Baghel retaliates.
“We oppose Kalicharan’s detention. The Congress government in Chhattisgarh broke interstate protocol by detaining Kalicharan Maharaj without telling the police in Madhya Pradesh. This is expressly prohibited by federal regulations “On Thursday, hours after the arrest, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra remarked.
“Arresting someone without telling the Madhya Pradesh police was wrong. I’ve told the DGP of Madhya Pradesh to speak with the DGP of Chhattisgarh about it “The BJP leader went on to say.
In the meantime, when asked about Kalicharan’s detention, Union Minister Giriraj Singh launched a barrage of insults at Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, saying:
“I’m not sure how the Chattisgarh chief minister maintains law and order.” However, in Chhattisgarh, adivasis are dying of starvation, they are being killed, and there is extremism in the state — he should have eliminated radicalism. If the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh had promised to put an end to extremism, it would have sent a message throughout the country that he had done so.” When the reporter asked about the arrest again, Singh proceeded to rail against Baghel, saying, “That’s what I said, that the CM should put an end to extremism.” But he does nothing about it, nor does he do anything about hunger or poverty.”