Kolkata HC stays arrest warrant against Shashi Tharoor for 'Hindu Pakistan' remark

The Kolkata High Court on Thursday stayed a bailable arrest warrant against Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for his remark on creation of a 'Hindu Pakistan'.

The stay on the warrant was granted by Justice Rajshekhar Mantha till the disposal of the revision application filed by Tharoor's lawyer.

On August 13, a city metropolitan magistrate's court had issued the warrant against the Thiruvananthapuram MP, based on a case filed by advocate Sumeet Chowdhary.

In July last year, Tharoor had said if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, it would create a condition leading to the formation of a 'Hindu Pakistan'.

Addressing an event in Thiruvananthapuram, Tharoor had said the BJP will write a new Constitution which will pave the way for a nation, much like Pakistan, where the rights of minorities are not respected.

"If they (BJP) win a repeat in the Lok Sabha, our democratic constitution as we understand it will not survive as they will have all the elements they need to tear apart the Constitution of India and write a new one," the Congress leader had said, adding, "That new one will be the one which will enshrine principles of Hindu Rashtra, that will remove equality for minorities, that'll create a Hindu Pakistan and that isn't what Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad and great heroes of freedom struggle fought for.