Sri Rama Sene gifts Bhagwad Gita to Tejpal

Sri Rama Sene gifts Bhagwad Gita to Tejpal

Moral police outfit Sri Rama Sene (SRS) Wednesday presented a copy of the Bhagwad Gita to Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal, claiming the book would help bring about a "change in mental attitude and morality of Tejpal".

Incidentally, investigative weekly Tehelka in 2010 exposed the Karnataka-based SRS for charging money to start riots.

Addressing a press conference in Panaji, SRS vice president Kumar Hakeri said a copy of the Bhagwad Gita was presented to the jail authorities to be handed over to Tejpal.

"Sri Ram Sene has decided to present Tejpal, through the jail officers, a copy of Shrimad Bhagwad Gita to teach him the importance of Hindu culture. SRS feels by reading it, there will be a change in Tejpal's mental attitude and morality," Hakeri said.

SRS, led by Pramod Muthalik, gained notoriety Jan 24, 2009, after storming into a Mangalore pub "Amnesia - The Lounge" and beating up young men and women, claiming the women were violating traditional Indian values.

"This act of inappropriate behaviour with a woman, as young as his daughter, on the part of Tejpal, under the influence of western culture signifies his immorality and lack of character," Hakeri said.

Tejpal was arrested Nov 30 after a junior employee accused him of sexually assaulting her twice in a five-star hotel's elevator in the Goa capital during Thinkfest, an event organised by the magazine Nov 7 and 8.

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