Delhi Police has arrested Supreme Court lawyer and former BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay in connection with the allegedly raised inflammatory slogans against a particular religious group at Jantar Mantar.
He and seven others were detained in a late-night operation by the Delhi Police. The other people who have been detained are Preet Singh, the director of Save India foundation, who is said to have organised the event, Vinod Sharma, a member of Sudarshan Vahini, Pinky Bhaiya of Hindu Raksha Dal, Deepak Singh Hindu, claimed to be the president of a body named Hindu Force, Vinod Kranti and Uttam Malik.
Ashwini Upadhyay reached the Connaught Place Police Station at around 3 AM to join the investigation. Deepak Singh Hindu was rounded up from his home in Northeast Delhi’s Karawal Nagar at about 12.40 AM when he returned his home.
The case is of videos, professedly, showing a group of men raising anti-Muslim slogans at the event attended by Ashwini Upadhyay. The people in one such video, circulating on social media, can be heard shouting Hindustan mein rehna hoga toh ‘Jai Shree Ram’ Kehna Hoga (people living in India need to say Jai Shree Ram) while in other they are saying ‘Muslim would say Jai Shree Ram when executed.’
On Monday, 9th August 2021, hundreds of people had gathered at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar in a rally called by Ashwini Upadhyaya against colonial-era laws, which are still prevalent. The rally organised by Bharat Jodo Andolan, according to Delhi Police, was not permitted.
In this regard, an FIR has been registered under the Indian Penal Code sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups) and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) beside sections 51 of Disaster Management Act for Violation of Covid-19 guidelines.
Ashwini UPdhayay in a video, he posted on his social media profile Twitter, has refuted to have any connection with the people raising communal slogans nor had he seen them before. He also mentioned that the videos were made once he had the venue and it was being done to tarnish the movement.