Ballabgarh Incident: Court seeks VK Singh’s reply on plea demanding FIR

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New Delhi: MoS for FILE: External Affairs V K Singh at Parliament. PTI Photo

New Delhi: MoS for FILE: External Affairs V K Singh at Parliament.
PTI Photo

A Delhi court has sought response from Union minister and former army chief VK Singh on a criminal complaint seeking registration of an FIR against him for his alleged controversial remark following the horrific killings of two Dalit children in Haryana in October 2015.

Additional Sessions Judge SK Malhotra ordered Singh to file his reply on the revision petition within four weeks and listed the matter for arguments in April.

In a gruesome incident on the night of October 19, a Dalit family house was set on fire in Ballabgarh, Haryana. Two young children were killed while their mother suffered life-threatening burn injuries. Speaking to the press two days after the incident, VK Singh had drawn an analogy of throwing a stone at a dog, while stating that the Central government cannot be blamed for every local incident.

“For everything…like if somebody throws a stone at a dog, then the government is responsible…it is not like that,” Singh had said adding, “Never associate local incidents with the Central government. There is an inquiry going on….”

Ever since then, Singh’s comments had attracted sharp attack from several quarters, including the Opposition parties. The issue had even echoed in both the houses of Parliament during 2015 Winter session.

The complainant, advocate Satya Prakash Gautam, has alleged that Singh hurt the sentiments of the Dalit community by such remarks.

The court is currently hearing complainant’s Revision Petition where he has challenged the magisterial court’s decision, which in December 2015 had ruled that no criminal offence was “ex-facie” could be made out against VK Singh. The court had also issued notice to the former Army chief on the revision petition.

Meanwhile, the police had also opposed the plea, saying no cognisable offence was made out against Singh for his alleged remarks on October 21, 2015.

The police, in its Action Taken Report (ATR), had told the court that Singh had not made any “specific derogatory and humiliating statement” warranting his prosecution on the complaint.

(With inputs from the PTI)