Priyanka Kakkar was booked on a complaint filed by Shehzad Poonawala, who accused her of making communal remarks during a TV debate.
Aam Aadmi Party chief spokesperson Priyanka Kakkar was booked on a complaint filed by Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Shehzad Poonawala, who accused her of making communal remarks during a TV debate.
The FIR was lodged in Nodia Poonawala alleged that Kakkar called him “Mujahideen”, abused his faith, and made “extremely communally loaded” remarks during a TV debate on a private channel on July 25.
“In the past too, she has made such comments on-air and off-air against my faith against Islam and against Muslims in general, such comments only reflect the poisonous and hate-filled mindset of the Aam Aadmi Party towards Muslims,” Poonawala alleged in his complaint filed on Thursday, police told news agency PTI.
Responding to the allegations, Kakkar wondered if “Mujahideen” or “Shehzad” meant “terrorist” and slammed Poonawala for referring to a chief minister as “Jihadi”.
“Does ‘Shehzad’ mean terrorist? Does ‘Mujahideen’ mean terrorist? Does ‘Shehzad Mujahideen’ mean terrorist? Is the complainant allowed to refer to a Chief Minister as ‘Jihadi’ on national media? The previous conduct of the Complainant. Is it okay to refer to a political opponent as ‘Shishu’?” Kakkar tweeted in response to a post by Poonawala on Twitter.
“@Shehzad_Ind Long fight, bro. Tough questions you will have to prove,” the AAP spokesperson added in the same tweet.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Noida) Harish Chander said, “An FIR has been lodged under relevant provisions of the law at the Sector 20 Police Station. Further investigation in the case is underway.”
Kakkar has been booked under Indian Penal Code sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 153B (imputations prejudicial to national integration), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings) and 505 (public mischief).
Poonawala requested the police to issue a show-cause notice to the AAP, seeking an explanation from party convener Arvind Kejriwal. He also sent out a criminal defamation notice against Kakkar on Wednesday.