BJP leader Subramanian Swamy is infamous for making controversial statements, and keeping up to his reputation, he has now said that mosques were not places of religion.

According to Zee News, “While attending a function in Guwahati on Friday the noted Supreme Court lawyer said that a mosque is not a religious place, but just a building and can be demolished any time.”

Subramanian Swamy in a file photo. PTISubramanian Swamy in a file photo. PTI

Subramanian Swamy in a file photo. PTI

Swamy alleged that it was a Supreme Court bench that had observed that mosque was not a place of religion.

Swamy told ANI, “As far as the masjid is concerned, the Indian Supreme Court constitutional bench of 1994, in the famous Ram temple matter, observed that a masjid is not an essential part of Islamic religion and, therefore, in the British time mosques have been demolished for a public purpose.”

The BJP leader also said that mosques were periodically demolished all across the world.

His controversial remarks triggered huge protests and the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), which accused Swamy of spreading communal disharmony ahead of Assam Assembly Elections, has now lodged an FIR against him.

ANI reported that the FIR against Swamy was filed under “IPC Sections 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) and 153 (A) (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion).”

However, according to reports, Swamy said he would challenge anyone who disagreed with his views.

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Mosque not a religious place, says Subramanian Swamy; FIR filed against him