India’s ace all-rounder Hardik Pandya finds himself in trouble as a special SC/ST court on Wednesday commanded the police to register an FIR against him, for an accused comment on Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar. Hardik, on December 26 had tweeted, “Which Ambedkar ??? The one who drafted a cross law and constitution or the one who spread the disease called reservation in the country.”
A court in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur has directed the police to file a First Investigation Report against the cricketer, but a copy of the complaint shows that the comment was never posted on his verified Twitter handle. While Hardik Pandya’s twitter handle is @hardikpandya7, the court order is based on a complaint that refers to the handle @sirhardik3777.
As per the recent reports of the Times of India, DR Meghwal, the lawyer, claims that the comment by Hardik insulted Dr. Ambedkar and hurt the sentiments of the people of his community. He also added that the cricketer tried to insult and despise the Constitution and the architect of Constitution deliberately.
“Talking about the same, Meghwal said, “I learned about Pandya’s comment through social media in January. It appeared quite derogatory for a figure like Ambedkar and was an attempt to spread hatred and create division in the society. By doing so, he has committed a serious crime and hurt the sentiments of my entire community.”
Meghwal also submitted that Pandya should be given enough and proper punishment for his “crass act”. As soon the controversy erupted, Pandya removed the Tweet from his Twitter account. The court has asked the police to register a case under a law on Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes.
The 24-year-old cricketer has played six Tests for India, scoring 297 runs, including one century and two fifties. The Baroda all-rounder has represented India in 38 ODIs. Pandya was retained by Mumbai Indians for IPL 2018. After being retained by MI, Hardik Pandya had tweeted: “Mumbai Indians is where I began my successful journey in cricket. I am privileged to continue being a part of the MI family”.
Hardik last played for the Indian team in the T20I series against South Africa and was rested for the recently concluded Nidahas Trophy. In his two-year long international career, he has played six Tests, 38 ODIs and 30 T20Is.