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Police summoned former Delhi minister for interrogation amid religious conversion event

Delhi Police summoned former minister Rajendra Pal Gautam for interrogation today on Tuesday over his presence in a conversion programme. Hindu gods and goddesses were allegedly condemned at the event.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Former Delhi minister Rajendra Pal Gautam, who is at the center of a controversy over his appearance at a religious conversion event, has been summoned by the Delhi Police for questioning today. He has been asked to appear for questioning at 2 pm today.

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Hindu deities were allegedly condemned at the event. A senior police official said that a notice has been issued to Gautam to appear for questioning along with some others. He said the former minister would be questioned about his presence at the event and details about what actually happened there would be sought from him.

The former minister was reportedly heard taking oath at an event organized by the Buddhist Society of India in Delhi on Saturday. “I will have no faith in Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara, nor will I worship them,” he was reportedly heard saying.

His oath sparked a political controversy with the BJP terming Mr Gautam’s presence as “religiously divisive”.

Gautam had on Sunday resigned as a minister in the Delhi government following a controversy over his appearance at a conversion-related event. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has used the issue to attack AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal during election campaign in Gujarat and has accused him of being “anti-Hindu”.

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He also said the event – which can turn into a setback for the Aam Admi Party in poll-bound Gujarat – had nothing to do with politics. He also said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal “did not even know about the event”.

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