Journalist Pushp Sharma questioned again, likely to be arrested

New Delhi: Delhi-based journalist Pushp Sharma was questioned by police for the second day today in connection with his news report alleging discrimination against Muslims in appointment of yoga instructors by Ayush Ministry and is likely to be arrested.

"He was called for questioning in the afternoon.

Questioning is still going and arrest is likely," a senior police officer said.

A case was registered against Sharma, who works with Milli Gazette, at Kotla Mubarakpur police station last night on charges of promoting hatred among communities and forgery, on a complaint lodged by a senior Ayush Ministry official.

The Ministry had earlier condemned the "misreporting" which it claimed was aimed at causing a "chasm" between different sections of society and "promoting disharmony and mistrust with ulterior motives."

The police officer said that Sharma had earlier been arrested in 2009 on the charge of extorting money from government officials by threatening sting operations on them.

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