Five-time BJP MP from Uttara Kannada constituency Anantkumar Hegde has been booked by the Karnataka police for making a deliberate statement to the media that unless Islam is eliminated, terrorism cannot be rooted out.
Hegde, who hails from the Sangh Parivar stronghold of Karnataka's coast and is a staunch member of the RSS, told media members at his hometown Sirsi on Sunday: "Please record and telecast my words exactly as I say it. I will stand by them and not take them back. As long as Islam exists, terrorism will exist. Unless Islam is eliminated, terrorism cannot be rooted out." He is currently in New Delhi, attending Parliament.
The Sirsi market police station suo moto registered a case under section 295(A) of the Indian Penal Code (deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings) on Monday.
Home minister G Parameshwara expressed regret that an MP had made such a statement. The suo moto police case was reportedly taken up at his insistence, after health minister U T Khader, who is in charge of the neighbouring Dakshina Kannada district, brought Hegde's statement to his notice.