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Aligarh Civil Court advocate serves notice to historian Irfan Habib over ‘poisonous statements’

Sandeep Kumar Gupta, an advocate at the Aligarh Civil Court, on Tuesday, sent a notice to historian Irfan Habib in connection with the latter’s alleged jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a speech at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Uttar Pradesh.

Gupta, in his notice, targeted Irfan Habib for delivering statements that were “against the unity and diversity of India”. The notice elaborated, “You advised Amit Shah to remove Shah from his name as it is a Persian word, you said RSS was formed to attack Muslims, you blamed Hindutva ideologue Veer Savarkar for dividing the nation despite the fact that two-nation theory was propounded by Jinnah, you ridiculed the use of Gandhi’s spectacles in government’s Swwachta Abhiyan.”

Advocate Sandeep Kumar Gupta sought a reply from Irfan Habib within seven days and asked him to publicly apologize for his statements, failing which strict legal action will be taken against him, Gupta warned. He also said that he had come to know of Irfan Habib’s ‘poisonous statements’ from various newspapers.