Tuesday, April 17, 2012

FIR against rationalist, cops call him for questioning

Report in The Times of India, MUMBAI, 16 APRIL 2012


MUMBAI: The Juhu police have registered an FIR against president of the Indian Rationalist Association (IRA) Sanal Edamaruku under Section 295 (defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) of the Indian Penal Code.

The police have called him for questioning.

The Organisation of Concerned Catholics (OCC) and the Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) had lodged complaints against Sanal at the Juhu and Andheri police stations.

Sanal had come to the city recently to investigate the issue of water dripping from a cross at Irla. Sanal, whose trip was sponsored by a TV channel, had said that the phenomenon was not a miracle and caused by capillary action.

OCC members said they were not upset with Sanal for saying the phenomenon was not a miracle. They were hurt by statements he allegedly made against the Pope and Catholic clergy.

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