NEW DELHI -- Responding to the Modi government's charge that his book on terrorism promotes communal hatred, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy said that he plans to speak with Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the affidavit filed against him in the Supreme Court, which, he described as mindless.
In an email to HuffPost India, Swamy said that the government affidavit displayed "a total lack of application of mind by the government and speaks poorly about the law officers of the government who have already brought disgrace to the BJP government by their failure in dealing with the Section 66A of Information Technology Act and in the NJAC fiasco."
"I will speak to the Union Home Minister tomorrow and check if the Counter Affidavit had his approval or not. I shall also file a Reply Affidavit in the case in Supreme Court," he said.
The government affidavit, filed in response to Swamy's petition challenging the constitutional validity of hate speech provisions in the Indian Penal Code, contains one paragraph which says that his book - Terrorism in India: A Strategy of Deterrence for India's National Security - violates Section 153A.
IPC 153 A:"Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony."
"The book to be considered in all its aspects as it contains matter which 'promotes feeling of enmity and hatred between Hindus and Muslims in India.' Therefore, the petitioner has violated sections of IPC," reads the affidavit.
Swamy said that the paragraph, which deals with his book on how to deter terrorists from attacking India, published in 2007, is "wholly irrelevant" to his petition against hate speech provisions.
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