Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy Monday landed in trouble
for his newspaper article, in which he suggested revoking of
voting rights of Indian Muslims, with the Delhi Police filing a
criminal case against him for spreading enmity between
"We have registered a case under the relevant section of IPC. We
are investigating the matter," Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok
Chand, who heads the crime branch, told IANS.
Meanwhile, Swamy rubbished the charges against him, indicating it
was a manifestation of political vendetta. "I wrote the article in
July. The FIR is filed in October. The motive seems to be my stand
on 2G (spectrum scam)," he said.
Swamy had urged the Supreme Court to monitor the Central Bureau of
Investigation's (CBI) probe into the 2G spectrum allocation.
The 2G case cost then communications minister A. Raja his job and
he finds himself in prison now, as also some executives of telecom
Swamy had also asked the apex court to direct the CBI to probe the
alleged role of Home Minister P. Chidambaram in the 2G allocation
as the then finance minister.
Earlier, the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) had
criticised Swamy's article with its chief Wajahat Habibullah
describing the article as "outrageous" and charged that it "spread
enmity and incited hatred".
The Harvard-educated economics scholar, in the article 'How to
wipe out Islamic terror' published on July 17 in the DNA, had
suggested to Indian Hindus to collectively respond to terror acts.
"We need a collective mindset as Hindus to stand against the
Islamic terrorist... If any Muslim acknowledges his or her Hindu
legacy, then we Hindus can accept him or her as a part of the
Brihad Hindu Samaj (greater Hindu society) which is Hindustan,"
Swamy wrote in the July article.
"Others, who refuse to acknowledge this, or those foreigners who
become Indian citizens by registration, can remain in India but
should not have voting rights (which means they cannot be elected
representatives)," he added in his edit page article.