Bengal BJP lawmaker seeks action over Katju’s Tagore, Bose remarks

Kolkata: BJP legislator from West Bengal Samik Bhattacharya on Tuesday filed a police complaint against former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju for making “abusive remarks” against Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and revolutionary Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

Katju, a former chairman of the Press Council of India, described Tagore as a “British stooge” and Bose as a “Japanese agent”.

“I am soon coming to Kolkata where I will give a speech with a scathing attack on that British stooge Tagore and that Japanese agent Subhas Chandra Bose in a talk in some university or institution.

“That will be throwing a stone in a beehive, and send many Bengalis swarming like hornets for my blood. But they must know the truth. For too long they have been taken for a ride,” Katju said on Monday on social networking websites.

Bhattacharya, in his complaint filed at a city police station, sought action against Katju saying the remarks tantamount to communal hatred.

“Katju`s comments are not only abusive but ill intended and hate writings. His remarks are nothing but communal hatred against the people of Bengal which is a criminal offence,” said Bhattacharya in the complaint.