Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu was slapped with a sedition case in a Bihar court on Monday, over hugging Pakistan Army Chief at the swearing-in ceremony of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. The case was filed by lawyer Sudhur Ojha in Muzaffarpur's Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court.
The case was filed under Indian Penal Case sections involving sedition, Ojha said. Sidhu's gesture in Pakistan hurt the people of the country, he said in his complaint.
"The court has admitted the case and will hear it next week," he said.
Congress leader and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu was slammed by the BJP and leaders of the Akali Dal after he hugged Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and later sat next to President of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) Masood Khan during the swearing-in.
Commenting on the act, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday said he was ‘not in favour’ of Sidhu hugging the Pakistan army chief.
Sidhu’s decision to attend the ceremony had nothing to do with his government, the chief minister said, adding the cricketer-turned-politician had gone there in his personal capacity.