A Delhi court on Monday dismissed a criminal complaint that sought to lodge an FIR against Union Minister VK Singh for the controversial remarks he made with regard to the burning of two Dalit children in Haryana. When he was asked if the government was at fault for the killings, Singh had said, "If someone throws stones at a dog, the government is not responsible".
The complainant, advocate Satya Prakash Gautam, said in his plea that the Bharatiya Janata Party leader had hurt the sentiments of the Dalit community. He asked the court to "summon, try, punish and confiscate all the property the accused person has collected through unfair means by exploiting the religious feelings of innocent citizens".
The court ruled that Singh's statement can't be seen as a remark made to demean any caste or creed, or as an "analogy drawn between the dog and humans". Metropolitan Magistrate Muneesh Garg said that "a single word cannot be read in isolation and a different hue be given to it by twisting it and reading it selectively, and by associating it to a particular caste".