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Bihar court orders FIR against Giriraj Singh for Sonia jibe

The court ordered the local Mithanpura police station to immediately lodge an FIR against Giriraj Singh and report to the court within a week’s time.
Bihar court orders FIR against Giriraj Singh for Sonia jibe
Bihar court orders FIR against Giriraj Singh for Sonia jibe

A day after Union Minister and Barathiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Giriraj Singh sparked controversy with his ‘white skin’ comment against Congress President Sonia Gandhi, a local court in Bihar, on Thursday, ordered to lodge an FIR (First Information Report) against him.

A local Congress leader in Muzaffarpur district of north Bihar, Vidyanand Singh had filed a defamation petition through one, Sanjay Kumar, district spokesperson of the party, against Union Minister Giriraj Singh for his derogatory remark against party president Sonia Gandhi.

While talking cognisance of the petition the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) in Muzaffarpur transferred the case to the court of Sub-divisional magistrate, East, Anju Singh for adjudication.

Later, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate ordered the local Mithanpura police station in Muzaffarpur district to immediately lodge an FIR against Giriraj Singh and report to the court within a week’s time.

Meanwhile, Union Minister and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), an ally of the BJP, leader Upendra Kushwaha condemned Giriraj Singh’s comment saying “it does not behove a Union Minister to make such comment. A person holding such post should refrain himself from making such controversial statements”.

A group of Congress workers on Thursday staged a protest against Union Minister Giriraj Singh outside a residential complex where he lives, slamming the BJP leader’s remarks against Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Shouting slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP and Mr. Singh, Congress workers gathered outside Vitthal Bhai Patel House complex. Mr. Singh had apparently left for Bengaluru on Wednesday evening to attend BJP’s National Executive meeting.

Soon, police swung into action and took away the banners from the protesters and foiled an attempt to burn Mr. Singh’s effigy. The protesters were later bundled off in a police bus.

The minister of state for micro, small and medium enterprises is under fire for his racist barb at Ms. Gandhi. He had kicked up a row on Tuesday by asking whether Congress would have accepted Sonia Gandhi’s leadership had she not been white-skinned.

“Had Rajiv Gandhi married a Nigerian woman and if she was not a white-skinned woman, would the Congress have then accepted her (Sonia’s) leadership?” he had told journalists on Tuesday.

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