New Delhi: A sedition case was filed against cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu in a Bihar court on Monday for insulting the Indian Army by hugging Pakistan’s Army Chief, Qamar Javed Bajwa, at the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan as Pakistan’s 22nd Prime Minister.
The petition has been filed by lawyer Sudhir Ojha with Muzaffarpur’s chief judicial magistrate (CJM) Hari Prasad.
The petitioner has alleged that Sidhu insulted the families of Indian soldiers killed by Pakistan’s army and terrorists sponsored by the country by hugging General Bajwa and sitting next to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir’s president Masood Khan on Saturday.
Ojha said he has filed the case under Indian Penal Case sections involving sedition. In his complaint, he said the former cricketer’s gesture hurt the people of the country.
“The court has admitted the case and fixed August 24 as the next date for hearing,” he further said.
Sidhu, a minister in Congress-led government in Punjab, is under attack for hugging the Pakistan Army Chief, by the BJP and Akali Dal leaders. He has been under attack by his boss Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh as well as the opposition.