Panaji: Ajit Roy, the South Goa Collector and the Returning Officer, has warned Raia church parish priest Fr Conceicao D’Silva not to repeat the hate speech, after he tendered an unconditional apology for “hurting sentiments of the general public.”
Fr D’Silva admitted that he made such a statement and expressed his regrets over the same, during an inquiry conducted by Additional District Magistrate Agnelo Fernandes into the complaint of hate speech.
Fr D’Silva has also been warned of “strict action” if such statements are repeated by him.
The priest faced a probe by election officials after a video of his controversial speech in the religious premises went viral on social media.
The speech included acidic remarks on Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and Manohar Parrikar, and as such the Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday lodged a complaint against him with the poll authorities.
“As the priest has tendered an unconditional apology, the apology is accepted and he has been strongly warned not to repeat such things in future and has been advised to confine himself to priestly duties as per customs and tradition, failing which strict action will be taken as per law,” informs a press note signed by Roy.
“A humble call is given to all the religious leaders, sects, priests, community leaders, heads of associations, leaders of political parties, candidates and all the members of general public to refrain from making any hate speech and/ or any aggressive statements which have potential to communal or caste feelings and/ or making any appeal on any caste or communal feelings and/ or using any places of religious worship like mosques, churches, temples etc as a forum of election propaganda,” the press note adds.
Source:: The Navhind Times