NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today told Vishal Dadlani, the 43-year-old music composer that it cannot intervene at this stage, and that he must first seek help from the High Court in Haryana, where a police case accuses him of insulting a religion.
Two weeks ago, Mr Dadlani tweeted criticism of Tarun Sagar, a Jain leader referred to as Maharaj-ji by followers, being invited to address all lawmakers in Haryana at the state assembly. Mr Dadlani, who equated the event with “monkery”, later clarified that his opposition was not to any religious leader in particular but to the inter-twining of religion and politics.
He also said he would no longer advocate for the Aam Aadmi Party or AAP, whose chief, Arvind Kejriwal, was quick to clarify that Mr Dadlani’s views were divergent from that of the party.
The case in Haryana was filed by Punit Arora, a follower of the Jain guru, who said Mr Dadlani’s sarcastic tweet had hurt his religious beliefs.