Masood was produced in court amidst heavy security after his supporters created chaos outside the court. Apart from sparking an outrage, his remarks led to an FIR being filed against him by the police.

Masood was arrested earlier in the day for his hate speech in which he allegedly threatened to ‘chop’ Modi ‘into pieces’.

40-year old Masood, who was arrested from his residence here, said that he had done no wrong.
    
"It is all BJP's plotting. I don't have any remorse as I did no wrong. I will not apologise either to Narendra Modi or to the BJP," the Congress leader, who had expressed regret for his remarks earlier on Friday, told reporters.
    
A video footage of the election rally in Saharanpur, showing Masood attacking the BJP strongman, had gone viral on the web.
    
“We received a video footage of Masood. Based on its review, a case was registered in Deoband Police Station against him,” Saharanpur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manoj Kumar said.
    
Meanwhile, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has cancelled his rally in Saharanpur after Masood’s arrest. The BJP had sought strict action against Masood by the Election Commission for violation of the Model Code and asked the poll body to ensure the safety and security of all its leaders including Modi.
    
"BJP strongly condemns Imran Masood's statement. The language used is clearly promoting violence. We expect the Election Commission to take effective note of the remarks. The incident is important as Uttar Pradesh is going through a phase which is very communally sensitive,” BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said.

"We are going to approach the Election Commission by lodging a formal complaint with it today. The Election Commission and the Centre should take serious note of this," he added.

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