Head of Sudarshan news channel, Suresh Chavhanke was arrested for stoking a communal passion in Sambhal district. Chavhanke was planning to visit Sambhal to lead a mob against a particular community. His hate against particular community is evident and most of the time he spews venom through his channel. The channel is worshipped as “Nationalist Channel” just because it represents Hindus and hate rest others.
The western UP district, located 370km away from Lucknow the state capital, has remained on the boil for the past fortnight after hundreds of people attacked administrative and police officials on March 29 and held few officers hostage. The district is trying to get back to normalcy since. Police superintendent and additional police superintendent were shunted out on April 5 for failing to bring the situation under control and IPS officer of 2007 batch Ravi Shankar Chabbi was posted.
Chavhanke has been airing content which is aimed at vitiating communal atmosphere in Sambhal. Police have also booked Itarat Hussain Babar, who identifies himself as head of Sambhal Jama Masjid and is seen using foul language against Chavhanke in videos which have gone viral and have been shared by lakhs of people over social media platforms. Chavhanke and Itarat Hussain both are two sides of same coin and that is hate. These hate mongers never want people should be at peace, and they take advantage of medium and power they avail to fuel violence, forgetting the humanity and loss that take place in such clashes.
I am happy that UP police under the leadership of Yogi Adityanath arrested Chavhanke, his team and Itarat under IPC sections 153A(1), 505(1)B and 295A which amount to promote hatred on religious grounds, committing offence against state and deliberately outraging religious feelings of a certain group. Sections under Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act have also been pressed. In November 2016, a former employee who worked under Chavhanke had lodged a rape case against him at women police station in Noida.
Police team handling social media labs have been alerted to trace the IP addresses which have been used to share incriminating content over Facebook and WhatsApp in Sambhal lately. I remember Suresh himself sent me a clip of Sambhal hate; the same content Chavhanke has been airing which is aimed at vitiating communal atmosphere in Sambhal. Last time, when Chavhanke was booked for rape, that time everyone supported the man accusing girl a secular mole, now too he will come out as he is worshipped by fanatics and protected by right-wing organisations.
These kinds of people have privileged in our country; law is not stringent for them. When even crime is committed by them, they play victim card. Even today, the right wing organisations are making so much noise on his arrest without trusting law and order of the state. Why Chavhanke will have any problem? Nothing, but such events garner him free publicity and make him hero in some likeminded people. The rape victim is still in pain while expressing her saga. Victim is overloaded with call records, video tapes, hotel details — they stayed together — and much more but Chavhanke ignoring all these, alleged that victim is conspiring against him.
Since Modi government came to power in centre, this channel claimed to be the saviour of Hindu religion. He flaunts his pictures with PM Modi. Some even say, this channel is funded by RSS and other right wing organisations.
The victim also alleged that Chavhanke sent her to the ‘ashram’ of Narain Sai in Karol Bagh, New Delhi, in September, 2013. There Narain attempted to rape her. He touched her inappropriately. The victim further claimed that she was physically and mentally tortured by Chavhanke from 2014 to 2016. He lured her with many future prospects and used her for business purpose. She was tool for him to go to various ministers and marketers to gather funds for channel. She had said then that her life has been rescued from his clutches. She had also alleged that Chavhanke hacked all her gmail, Facebook and other accounts.
She had said that she was betrayed and abused by him all the time. She also said Chavhanke has habit of luring girls and molesting them, some even sleep with him with consent and some out of compulsion. The victim further alleged that Chavhanke asked for cash and jewellery worth ₹27 lakh from her in 2013 in exchange of making her a partner in the news network. She further alleged that it was after she paid the amount that Chavhanke started forcing him upon her under the pretext of marriage. They used to share one room where ever they travelled.
In his defence, Chavhanke had posted a picture of the FIR on Twitter along with a comment: “The number of sections lodged against me is bigger than that of Dawood”.
According to the FIR, the victim accused Chavhanke of raping her and attempting unnatural sex with her on October 20 at his news network office. What an appalling situation, the lady had to satisfy him in the office, hotel room and where ever he gets his libido high. She gave him enough time to marry her and sort the differences but when he betrayed, she lodged a police complaint. Meanwhile, right-wing groups came out in Chavhanke’s defence, alleging that he is a victim of an ‘international conspiracy’ by ‘jihadists’.
Suresh Chavhanke was born on 18th February 1972 in Shirdi. Yes, he is Maharashtrian based in Delhi. He is known as ‘Hindu nationalist’ journalist and anchoring show called as Bindas Bol on his Sudarshan Channel. He is considered as one the speakers and orators on ‘nationalist and Hindu matters’. Also, many moderates consider his speeches and shows to be divisive and communally motivated. A number of problems of Hindus are being brought to the notice from ‘Sudarshan Channel’. They believe that an increased interaction between Hindu organisations and ‘Sudarshan Channel’ will impart momentum to the mission of Hindutva. The channel has also handled the issue of ‘Love Jihad’ three times so far. The rulers and politicians are being awakened through presentation of various problems.
In a rape case he managed to be free from arrest but this time he is behind bars.
Let Justice prevail.
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