Christian priest who spreads hatred in the name of religion cannot be spared - Madras High Court

Chennai: The Madras High Court, while delivering its verdict on a petition, said that no Christian priest can be spared for mocking a religion by making controversial remarks against the Hindu community. The High Court said this while hearing the petition of Father P George Ponnaiah. Actually, a case was registered against George under several sections of the IPC for hurting religious sentiments.

Hearing the matter, the High Court observed that the accused cannot expect laxity after hurting the religious beliefs of others. At the same time, the court said that he cannot be seen as an ordinary commentator or a stand-up comedian like Munawwar Farooqui. Justice GR Swaminathan said this while hearing a petition filed by Catholic priest George. In this petition, a demand was made to quash the FIR registered against him for his inflammatory speech in Kanyakumari in July last year.

Justice GR Swaminathan further observed that 'when stand-up comedian Munawwar Farooqui or Alexander Babu performs on stage, they are exercising their fundamental right to make fun of others. Again, their religious identity is irrelevant. "Who?" Where else?" The priest had ridiculed those who go out barefoot in reverence to Mother Earth (Bhoomi Devi), while Christians wear footwear so that they do not itch. Was shown as a source of dirt.

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