Mumbai Police Summons BJP’s Nupur Sharma on 22 June Over Prophet Remarks

The FIR was registered based on a complaint lodged by Irfan Sheikh, joint secretary of Raza Academy.

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The Mumbai Police on Monday, 6 June, summoned suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson Nupur Sharma, to record her statement on 22 June in connection with the First Information Report (FIR) registered against her for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad.

City police commissioner Sanjay Pandey said that an FIR was registered against Sharma on 28 May for making the remarks during a live television debate based on a complaint lodged by Irfan Sheikh, joint secretary of Raza Academy, an organisation of Indian Sunni Muslims.

Meanwhile, State Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil said that a case has been registered against Sharma and an investigation has begun, news agency ANI reported. "A decision will be taken on further action against her," Patil said.

The All India Progressive Muslim Welfare Committee also filed a complaint to register an FIR against Sharma under sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 153B (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration), and 295A (acts intended to outrage religious feelings), ANI reported.

She has reportedly been charged under sections 295A, 153A and 505B (inducing to commit an offence against the State or against the public tranquility) of the Indian Penal Code.

The announcement by Mumbai Police came on the same day when 13 Islamic nations, as well as the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which consists of 56 member states, censured the BJP over the controversial remarks made by suspended party spokeswoman Nupur Sharma and expelled Delhi media head Naveen Kumar Jindal against Prophet Muhammad.

The list of countries who have censured the ruling government include Kuwait, Iran, Qatar, Indonesia, UAE, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain.

'Views of Fringe': India to Qatar After BJP Leaders' Controversial Remarks

Indian ambassadors to Iran, Kuwait, and Qatar were also summoned by the foreign ministries of the respective countries on Sunday, 5 June.

The Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday, had summoned Indian ambassador Dr Deepak Mittal and handed him an official note, expressing "disappointment of the State of Qatar and its total rejection and condemnation to the controversial remarks made by an official in the ruling party in India against Prophet Muhammad."

Responding to this, the Indian government told its Qatar counterpart that:

"In line with our civilisational heritage and strong cultural traditions of unity in diversity, Government of India accords the highest respect to all religions. Strong action has already been taken against those who made the derogatory remarks," read the statement.

"Ambassador conveyed that the tweets do not, in any manner, reflect the views of the Government of India. These are the views of fringe elements," a press release by Embassy of India-Doha further added.

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