Muzaffarpur: A complaint was filed against Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat in a court in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district on Tuesday, accusing him of allegedly insulting ‘Brahmins’.
Lawyer Sudhir Kumar Ojha has filed such a petition at the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court, Muzaffarpur. In the petition, he cited media reports about Bhagwat’s speech in Mumbai on Sunday, where he was taking part in a function organized to mark the birth anniversary of the medieval poet Saint Ravidas.
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During his speech in Marathi, the RSS chief blamed the “Pandits” (the priestly class) for the rigid caste hierarchy that prevails in Hindu society. According to some media reports, Bhagwat was speaking of the “Brahmin community” that has become associated with worship. A later statement issued by RSS denied that Bhagwat had been referring to any particular caste.
The Sangh claimed that the word “Pandit” was used for scholars and not for any caste or religion. Ojha, at his petition, urged that a case against Bhagwat be registered in the IPC sections dealing with hurting religious sentiments and disturbing public peace. The court has set February 20 to hear the matter.