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Pune, January 5: Pune police said on Wednesday they had arrested Hindu seer Kalicharan Maharaj from his Raipur counterparts in a case of alleged inflammatory speeches recorded against him and five others here in Maharashtra.

Kalicharan alias Abhijit Sarag, who was brought to Pune after a court in Raipur granted his pre-trial detention, was brought before the court of Judicial Magistrate (First Class) MA Shaikh who remanded the accused in pre-trial detention by the Pune police for a day.

“We have taken custody of Kalicharan from the Chhattisgarh police and he is brought to Pune,” said an official from the Khadak police station.

Pune Police had registered the case against Kalicharan Maharaj, right-wing leader Milind Ekbote, Captain Digendra Kumar (retired) and others for allegedly giving inflammatory speeches at an event here and hurting feelings religious.

The event, ‘Shiv Pratap Din’, was organized by the outfit led by Ekbote Hindu Aghadi Outfit on December 19, 2021, to celebrate the murder of Mughal Commander Afzal Khan by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Later, the case was registered against Seer and others at Khadak Police Station under IPC sections 295 (A) (deliberate and malicious intent to outrage religious feelings of any class), 298 (deliberate intention to offend the religious sentiment of any person) and 505. (2) (false statement, rumor made in a place of worship, etc., with the intention of creating enmity, hatred or malevolence).

According to the FIR, all of the defendants allegedly gave inflammatory speeches with the intention of hurting the religious feelings of Muslims and Christians and creating a community divide between the people.

The prosecution requested Kalicharan’s custody for seven days, arguing that the offense registered against him is of a serious nature and requires a thorough investigation.

The court heard that police wanted to investigate who invited Kalicharan to attend the event in Pune and where he stayed during his escape.

The prosecution also wanted to take samples of the accused’s voice.

Defense lawyer Amol Dange said the FIR registered against Kalicharan was politically motivated as the case was filed after 10 days.

He pleaded against police custody, saying the offense carries a prison sentence of less than seven years.

After hearing the arguments, Judicial Magistrate (First Class) MA Shaikh took Kalicharan into custody for one day.

Kalicharan is also facing business in Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra for his alleged derogatory remarks against Mahatma Gandhi during an event in Raipur.

He was arrested last week by police in Chhattisgarh Madhya Pradesh in connection with the case.

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