On Wednesday, a special SC/ST court directed the police here to register an FIR against Indian all-rounder cricketer Hardik Pandya for his alleged controversial comment on Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar. As per the petitioner D R Meghawal, Pandya posted a remark on his Twitter account on December 26, 2017, which insulted Ambedkar and hurt the sentiments of the people of his community.
“Which Ambedkar ??? The one who drafted a cross law and constitution or the one who spread the disease called reservation in the country,” Pandya allegedly posted on his twitter timeline. Outraged by Pandya’s comments, Meghwal, who claims to be a member of Rashtriya Bhim Sena in Rajasthan’s Jalore district, submitted an application against the Indian cricketer on Tuesday. Meghwal mentioned in his complaint that by making this comment, a popular cricketer like Pandya has not only tried to insult and contempt the constitution and the architect of the constitution intentionally but has also hurt the feelings of the community he belongs to.
“I learnt about Pandya’s comment through social media in January. It appeared quite derogatory for a figure like Ambedkar and was an attempt to spread hatred and create division in the society,” said Meghwal, who is an advocate by profession. Adding that Pandya must be given adequate and appropriate punishment for his “crass act”, Meghwal said that “By doing so, he has committed a serious crime and hurt the sentiments of my entire community”.