T Raja Singh, suspended BJP legislator detained under the stringent PD Act, appeared via video conference before the PD act advisory committee on Thursday from Cherlapally Central Prison
The suspended MLA presented his arguments against invoking the PD act, and his wife also filed a written counter-argument before the committee, challenging the PD act against her husband.
The counters were delivered to the review committee by Usha Bai, Raja Singh’s wife. The committee, on the other hand, reserved the matter for passing orders.
Because lawyers were not permitted, the MLA argued the matter “party in person” and found fault with the Hyderabad police for invoking the act against him.
After one month of detention under the PD Act, the detainee has the right to appeal to the PD Act review committee.
The police have filed a strong counter opposing the quashing of the act against the BJP MLA. Raja Singh was detained under the act on August 25 for making blasphemous and hateful statements about Prophet Mohammed.
Raja Singh’s objectionable remarks about Prophet Mohammed sparked outrage in Hyderabad and Telangana, with many youngsters protesting against him. The MLA has 101 cases filed against him, 18 of which are for communal disturbances. His comments were made in retaliation for the state government permitting comedian Munawar Faruqui to perform at Shilpakala Vedika in Hyderabad.
The police investigated the possibility of invoking the PD Act against Raja Singh, which did not mandate his appearance in court.
In a YouTube video posted on August 22, Raja Singh made derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad. Since then, it has been removed. It was posted by Raja Singh in response to the Telangana government’s decision to allow comedian Munawar Faruqui to perform in Hyderabad on August 20.
Protests began the same day around midnight and lasted until August 23, when the BJP MLA was arrested. The situation deteriorated during the night as a significant number of protestors continued to remain on the roads.
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