AAP’s Ashish Khetan booked for hurting religious sentiments
AAP’s Ashish Khetan booked for hurting religious sentiments

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashish Khetan has been booked for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

The case has been registered under Section 295-A (for hurting religious sentiments) at Civil Lines police station, Amritsar, on the basis of a complaint lodged by All-India Sikh Students’ Federation president Karnail Singh Peermohammad.

Police Commissioner Amar Singh Chehal said the case was registered late last night.

While launching his party's youth manifesto in Amritsar on Saturday, Mr Khetan had spoken about the booklet in the same breath as religious books like the Guru Granth Sahib and the Gita.

"This is our bible, our Gita and our Guru Granth Sahib," Mr Khetan said on the 51-point manifesto.

The booklet also used an image of the Sikh shrine Golden Temple along with a smiling Arvind Kejriwal and AAP's election symbol - the broom - which provoked furious objections from Sikh groups.

Khetan has already apologized, saying he had no intentions of hurting anyone’s sentiments and promised to change the manifesto cover that had the AAP symbol, the broom, on the photo of the Golden Temple, a famous Sikh shrine.

This is the second instance of police action against the AAP functionaries in recent times in Punjab.

AAP's Delhi lawmaker Naresh Yadav was recently questioned on an incident involving the alleged desecration of the Quran.

Mr Kejriwal has accused Punjab's ruling Akali Dal of going after his party men out of insecurity ahead of the polls.

Earlier, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal attacked AAP for using the image of the Golden Temple on the cover page of its manifesto with the party's election symbol of broom superimposed on it, saying it amounted to "desecration" of the holy shrine and sought an apology from AAP Convenor Arvind Kejriwal.


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