Second hate speech FIR against Kallicharan Maharaj: Aurangabad rural

This will be the ninth FIR filed by the Maharashtra police over the past four months; no arrests so far made

Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar: The Sillod rural police station of Aurangabad rural have registered an FIR against Abhijit Dhananjay Sarag alias Kalicharan Maharaj and the organisers of an event, during which Sarag allegedly made a hate speech just three days ago. The event held three days ago in Sillod took place with the organisers violating the conditions put for the event reports Times of India. Hence, the police has stated that the FIR includes the organisers as well as the ones who had obtained permission for the event. “The organisers have been booked as they have violated the permission conditions by letting the speaker deliver hate speech, sing songs capable of causing rift and hatred between communities, and for instigating the audience against members of another community,” said a senior police officer. This is the first FIR where an organisation as also individuals who deliver hate speeches have been named in the criminal complaint.

Speaking to the TOI, Aurangabad rural police officials have stated that adhering to the Supreme Court guidelines asking police units to instantly register FIRs against hate speech, the complaint was registered on Sunday (May 14) evening. The Supreme Court of India has, since October 2022, been hearing yet another petition on hate speech that has, since its orders dated January, February and March 2023, especially also been directed towards curtailing the hate speech in Maharashtra.

Following a complaint lodged by police head constable Yatin Kulkarni, the hate offender organisations and individuals have been booked under different sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth etc), 505 (2) (spreading of false and mischievous news intended to upset the public tranquillity), 109 (abetment) and section 188 (disobeying orders duly promulgated by a public servant).

Citizens for Justice and Peace has been continually, since December 2022 consistently lodging preemptive and post hate event complaints with jurisdictional police, the Director General of Police (DGP), district collectors and even elected representatives. This is a part of the well-rounded Hate Hatao Desh Bachao campaign launched by our teams. Apart from sending complaints by email and registered posts, on ground delegations of sister organisations have also gone to jurisdictional police in both Thane (CP, Jai Jeet Singh, May 8, 2023) and Jalgaon, May 15, 2023.

This is the ninth FIR filed. Four FIRs against T Raja Singh, suspended BJP MLA from Telangana, two against Kajal Hindustani, one against Suresh Chavhanke of Sudarshan news and in all two against Kalicharan Maharaj alias Abhijit Dhananjay Sarag.

Team CJP has compiled a table of FIRs so far filed in Maharashtra (Since December 2022)

S. No.Name of the offenderDistrictFIR datePolice station at which FIRSections
1.T. Raja SinghLaturFebruary 27, 2023Shivaji Nagar police stationFIR registered under sections 153A, 153B, 295A, and 505 of the IPC.


2.T. Raja SinghSrirampur


Date: March 10


March 15, 2023Ahmednagar district policeSections 295, 504 and 506 invoked in the FIR filed


3.T. Raja SinghAurangabad


Date: March 19


March 20, 2023Kranti Chowk police stationFIR registered under IPC section 153A 1(a)
4.T. Raja SinghMumbai


Date: January 29


March 27, 2023Dadar police stationFIR registered under IPC section 153A 1(a)
5.Kajal HindusthaniThane


Date:  March 12


April 24, 2023Mira-road police stationFIR registered under IPC sections 153A (a) and 505
6.Kajal HindusthaniNavi Mumbai


Date: February 26

April 24, 2023Vashi police stationFIR under IPC section 153A (a), 153B, 295A, and 505


7.Kalicharan MaharajPune


Date: February 9

April 28, 2023Baramati city police stationFIR under IPC section 153A (a) and 505(2)


8.Suresh ChavhankeJalgaon


Date: December 25

May 9, 2023Jilhapeth Police stationFIR registered under sections 295 and 504 of the IPC, along with Section 67 of the IT Act and relevant sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
9.Kalicharan MaharajAurangabad



May 13

May 16, 2023Sillod rural police stationFIR registered under sections of the IPC, including 295 A, 153 A, 505 (2), 109 and 188


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