Who is Pawan Khera? What has he been booked for?
Pawan Khera, a senior Congress leader had been accused of his remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a press conference.
The Supreme Court bench consisting of Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice MR Shah, and Justice PS Narasimha stated that “In order to protect the petitioner until such date as he applies for regular bail before the jurisdictional court upon the FIRs being transferred to one and the same jurisdiction, we direct that till the next date of listing, the petitioner shall be released on interim bail by the court of the competent magistrate in Delhi where he is to be produced this evening. The above order shall remain in operation till Tuesday.”
The interim bail granted by the Supreme Court had been granted till Feb 28.
Who is Pawan Khera?
The political journey of Pawan Khera commenced with the youth wing of the INC in the year 1989. However, the leader left Congress following the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in the year 1991.
The leader, however, shook hands with the party once again in the year 1998. This was when Pawan Khersa became the political secretary of Sheila Dixit, the then-Delhi chief minister. Pawan Khera held the post until Sheila Dixit’s tenure came to an end in the year 2013.
Pawan Khera has been seen in a myriad of television shows and debates representing the Indian National Congress.
Before the 2019 elections, the man also became the convener of a poll committee of the party at the Lok Sabha elections. Currently, the man is the Chairman, Media, and Publicity of the All India Congress Committee along with a Congress spokesperson, as per Pawan Khera's social media accounts.
What did Pawan Khera comment on the PM?
In a press conference held in Delhi for the purpose of demanding an investigation by a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) against the Adani Group, Khera made a remark that landed him in controversies. As per reports, Pawan Khera referred to the Prime Minister as "Narendra Gautamdas Modi".
The man remarked while censuring the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government with regard to the Gautam Adani-led business conglomerate.
FIRs against Pawan Khera
As a response to the remarks made by Pawan Khera, Samuel Changsan, a BJP member in Assam approached the police station and booked Pawan Khera under IPC Section 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 153 A, 153 B (1) (promoting enmity on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, etc.), 500 (defamation), 504 (Intentional insult with the intent to provoke breach of the peace), 505 (1) (2) (Statements conducing to public mischief). Complaints against the man have also been filed in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
In a defense, Pawan Khera expressed that he was genuinely confused with the middle name of the Prime Minister.