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Mumbai Police To Summon Nupur Sharma Over Prophet Remarks

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Mumbai: Former national spokesperson of BJP, Nupur Sharma, will be summoned by Mumbai Police to record her statement after an FIR was registered against her for allegedly making derogatory statements against Prophet Muhammad, according to city police commissioner Sanjay Pandey on Monday.

“An FIR was already registered against Nupur Sharma in Pydhonie police station. We will call her to record her statement as per law and the legal procedure will be followed,” Pandey said while addressing a press conference at the Mumbai Police headquarters, reported news agency PTI.

The case was registered by Mumbai Police against the then BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma on May 28 after she allegedly made objectionable statements against Prophet Muhammad during a television debate. The complaint was lodged by the joint secretary of the Muslim outfit Raza Academy, Irfan Sheikh.

Sharma has been charged under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 153A (promoting enmity between groups) and 505(2) (statements conducing to public mischief), police were quoted as saying by the news agency.

However, BJP suspended Nupur Sharma on Sunday over her remarks against Prophet, which drew countrywide condemnation. Several Islamic nations also came down heavily on the saffron party for her alleged remarks.

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