According to sources, the Election Commission officials are in process of acquiring the recording of the statements made by Togadia and after listening to it the future course of action will be decided.

According to reports, Togadia delivered a provocative speech in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, on Saturday in which he gave a Muslim businessman 48 hours to vacate his house, failing which he asked his group of followers to take forcible possession of his properties and fight a legal battle later, which will go on for years.
The reports claim that the VHP leader also threatened them with violence and asked his followers to ‘go with stones, tyres and tomatoes’ and that there was nothing to fear.

Complying with the orders of the Election Commission, Bhavnagar police have started an inquiry into the alleged hate speech given by Togadia.

“After seeing the news reports, the poll panel asked us to submit an Action Taken Report if there is truth in the allegations against Togadia. Thus, I have ordered an inquiry and asked the 'B' division police of Bhavnagar city to acquire the CD of that speech. However, we haven't found the CD yet," said Bhavnagar Superintendent of Police (SP) Maninder Singh Pawar Pawar.

"Apart from the CD, we are also collecting other evidences such as taking statements of society residents. If we find enough evidences, a case under section 153(a) of IPC will be filed against Togadia,” he added.

Section 153 (a) (promoting enmity among different groups on ground of religion) of IPC deals with intention to cause disorder, promoting enmity between religious groups and incite people to violence.

"The FIR will be registered if we find substantial evidence. I will be personally visiting that place to take the statements of residents," said Pawar.

Togadia has, however, denied making any such remarks and described the media reports as a conspiracy against him.


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