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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

FIR against Anil Ambani over Sikh jokes

A First Information Report has been lodged against Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group chairman Anil Ambani and senior officials of Reliance [Get Quote] Communication for allegedly circulating derogatory jokes against the Sikh community through its mobile Internet services.
The FIR was lodged by the Lucknow Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee after an emergent meeting held in Lucknow on Monday, official sources said on Tuesday.
"These jokes are insulting as some Sikhs have been abused. They offend the feelings of the entire Sikh community. We cannot tolerate this insult being heaped on us," LGPC president Rajendra Singh Bagga said.
He said the LGPC wanted a written apology from the Reliance Group chairman, failing which they would stage a nation-wide protest against the group all over the country.
Bagga warned that they would not hesitate to boycott all products of the company if it did not tender an apology. When contacted, vice president, corporate communication (north) Reliance Infocomm, Avinash Jain, told PTI that an FIR has been registered.
He, however, said the company had served a legal notice to the Internet service provider, who is responsible for circulating jokes.

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