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Sena MP Sanjay Raut fetes Hindutva lawyer Punalekar

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Sanjay Monday felicitated Sanjeev Punalekar, who is currently defending some right-wing activists booked in murder cases of prominent rationalists, and accused the BJP government of falling short of expectations of community.

Punalekar is the of Hindu Vidhidnya Parishad, a voluntary organisation of "nationalist" Hindu advocates. It works closely with right-wing Sanatan Sanstha.

Punalekar is defending in court the activists who are accused of being involved in conspiracy to kill rationalist Narendra Dabholkar (2013) and Left Govind Pansare (2015).

Some activists are also suspects in the killings of scholar M M Kalburgi (2015) and journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh (2017).

The felicitation of Punalekar was organised by Rashtriya Patrakar Manch in south

On the occasion, the MP alleged that the government is trying to preserve "fake secularism by sacrificing innocent Hindus".

He said Hindus are being weakened at various levels.

"This is the country of Hindus and we consider it as the 'Hindurshtra'. Despite so, the rulers are not ready to utter a single word about construction of in Ayodhya.

"When BJP is in power at the Centre and in several sates, why an ordinance is not promulgated for building the " asked.

He also accused the BJP of dragging its feet on the issue of implementation of Uniform Civil Code.

"People are disillusioned with this so-called 'Hindutvavadi' government, which has been in power since 2014, on various fronts--from to the issue of implmentation of Uniform Civil Code," he said.

justified the Parishad defending Hindu men in the murder cases.

"When terrorists like and can get an then how can the similar act be termed wrong when the HVP (Hindu Vidhidnya Parishad) comes forward for the defence of the accused persons?" asked Raut.

He said Punalekar has helped to secure exoneration of many Hindus and he should continue to work in the same direction.

Punalekar said, "We will not only liberate the youths arrested under the pretext of so-called 'Hindu terrorism' if they are innocent, but even if they are guilty, we will provide them legal advice free of cost, because we don't doubt their and objectives behind it".

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 23:40 IST