Case registered against Digvijaya Singh for ‘misleading’ post on Jain temple


The Madhya Pradesh Police have registered a case against Congress veteran Digvijaya Singh following an alleged misleading post on his X social media account over a Jain temple in Damoh district, an official said on Wednesday.
Singh later deleted the post.
Rajya Sabha member Singh, in a post on August 27 on his official X account, claimed that some “alleged anti-social elements of Bajrang Dal” ransacked the Jain temple complex at Kundalpur (in Damoh) on August 26 night and kept a “Shiv Pindi” there. Singh tagged the post to the MP chief minister and director general of police. He, however, later deleted the post. After this tweet, there was a stir across the state. At the same time, the administration issued instructions regarding the reality of the present situation, as well as declared an alert in the area.
Damoh Superintendent of Police Sunil Tiwari said following a complaint, the Kotwali police have registered a case against Singh under Indian Penal Code sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion), 177 (furnishing false information) and 505(2) (statements conducing to public mischief) for the post on Kundalpur Jain temple. He said after a spot investigation of the Kundalpur Jain temple by the sub-divisional magistrate and sub-divisional officer of police, the news about the incident was found to be “without facts and misleading”. Kundalpur Trust Committee chairman Chandrakumar Bajaj also denied such an incident in the temple. Bajrang Dal’s city convener Shambhu Vishwakarma said his outfit’s workers had submitted a memorandum to the police against Singh’s “misleading” post about the Kundalpur temple complex, following which the police registered an FIR against the Congress leader. Singh should be arrested immediately for “disturbing communal harmony”, he said
This is not the first time that Singh is facing consequences for his social media posts. In July this year, another FIR was registered against Singh for a social media post on ex-RSS chief MS Golwalkar.