A special court in Jodhpur on Wednesday (March 21) directed the police to register an FIR against India all-rounder Hardik Pandya for a tweet which insults Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, the architect of India’s constitution. The tweet, however, was posted by a parody account, and not by Pandya, it has emerged.
The tweet making insensitive remarks on Ambedkar came from a handle @sirhardik3777 whereas Pandya's official Twitter handle is @hardikpandya7. Meanwhile, the parody account has been deactivated as of now.
The offensive tweet, posted on 26 December last year, read, “Which Ambedkar ??? The one who drafted a cross law and constitution or the one who spread the disease called reservation in the country.”
This led Meghwal — who claims to be a member of the Rashtriya Bhim Sena in Rajasthan’s Jalore district — to move to the court against the cricketer on Tuesday.
“I learnt 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 was quoted as saying by Times of India.
Pandya is yet to speak on the matter thus far. The 24-year-old was part of India’s tour to South Africa where the side lost the Test series before clinching the ODI and T20I series. Hardik will represent the defending champions Mumbai Indians in the 11th edition of Indian Premier League.