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Chief minister Baghel's elderly father sent to jail over 'anti-Brahmin' comments in Chhattisgarh

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RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel’s father, Nand Kumar Baghel, who had recently been booked for allegedly making anti-Brahmin comments, has been sent to jail.

Nand Kumar Baghel, 86, was arrested and as he refused to seek bail, he was sent to prison.

The elderly man was sent to central jail in Raipur for 14-day judicial custody.

When he was taken to jail, Nand Kumar Baghel said that he would fight and will take the case up to Supreme Court. He was arrested from UP where he had gone to attend an event in Agra, and was brought to Chhattisgarh. 

The Sarv Brahmin Samaj had made a complaint against him.  Then, a case was registered against him in Raipur on September 5, for causing enmity between different sections of the society under sections 153(A) and 505 (1)(b) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). 

The Samaj members alleged that Nand Kumar Baghel made objectionable comments against the community and said that Brahmins were not citizens of the country, that they were foreigners and should therefore be expelled from the country. The Samaj claims that he also gave a call to other communities to boycott Brahmins.

Meanwhile, CM Bhupesh Baghel had said though Nand Kumar was his father, as a chief minister he could not ignore it, and no one is above the law. He had also said that he had difference of opinion and doesn't share his father's ideology. His father, Nand Kumar had written a book in the past, that had caused a controversy.