Allahabad HC dismisses plea by Hindutva leader who called AMU ‘classroom of terrorists’

Allahabad High Court on Thursday dismissed a writ petition filed by Ashok Kumar Pandey, Hindu Mahasabha Leader from Aligarh praying for quashing of an FIR filed against him for his anti-Muslim remarks against Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and its founder Sir Saiyed Ahmad.

The court also dismissed his writ, seeking a stay on his arrest under the FIR during pendency of investigation in the matter.

According to a Live Law report, the FIR was filed by university authorities against the Hindu fringe group leader after he made several remarks against the university and its founder in 2020. Subsequently, an FIR was lodged with the Civil Lines Police Station, Aligarh District under the sections 153A, 153B and 505(2) of IPC.

According to the FIR, Hindu Mahasabha leader had made remarks against AMU by calling it “an institution being a classroom of terrorists” and also called its founder, Sir Saiyed Ahmad Khan as a “traitor.”

“The allegations prima facie discloses commission of cognizable offence and therefore, the FIR requires proper investigation and cannot be quashed at this stage,” a Division Bench of the Allahabad High Court comprising of Justice Manoj Kumar Gupta and Justice Rajendra Kumar said.