The Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday accepted a petition filed by the World Arya Vysya Mahasabha seeking a criminal complaint against professor Kancha Ilaiah over remarks made in his book against the community, The Times of India reported. In his book, Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu, Ilaiah has reportedly claimed that the Arya Vysyas community used to eat meat and were agriculturalists.

The organisation has alleged the writer received funds from abroad, and sought a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation. They also demanded that the police book him under the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly making money through illegal sources, The Times of India reported.

Earlier, Arya Vysya associations had alleged the title of the book and some of its content were demeaning, and burnt effigies of him in Hyderabad and other areas in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. On September 11, Ilaiah had filed a police complaint after he said he received threat calls for the book.

Meanwhile, a person named Vatsala from Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh also moved the High Court alleging that Ilaiah was causing damage to the “social and national integrity”, The New Indian Express reported. The petitioner claimed the writer was creating differences among Hindus and provoking the Brahmin and Vysya communities against each other.