Sitamarhi, Jun 2: A case was lodged against Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma in Bihar’s Sitamarhi district on Saturday for insulting Sita, the wife of Lord Rama, by claiming “she was the first test tube baby”. The petitioner said that Sharma has not only hurt people’s religious sentiments but also insulted the country’s rich heritage, culture and tradition.

Chandan Kumar Singh, an advocate, filed the case in the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court. It will be heard on June 8. “Sharma’s statement is part of a well planned political and criminal conspiracy to hurt and insult sentiment of a particular religion.”

He said that the BJP leader’s illogical concept will make Hindu religion the butt of ridicule.

Sharma, speaking at the inauguration of a skill development event in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura said: “Sita was born from an earthen pot… at that time, some test tube baby project must be underway that King Janak was ploughing a field… Shouldn’t this technology be called test tube baby,” he said to an amused gathering.

Linking modern inventions with ancient India, earlier on Thursday, he said that journalism began in the Mahabharata era. Speaking at an event organised to mark the ‘Hindi Journalism Day’, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader also drew a parallel between Narad Muni and search engine giant Google.

“It (journalism) started during Mahabharata”. He also cited various instances from the Indian epic to buttress his claim. He said the mythological character, Sanjaya, sitting at Hastinapur, narrated a bird’s eye view of the war of Mahabharata, to Dhritarashtra. “Yeh live telecast nahi to aur kya hai (if it is not live telecast, then what is it ?),” Sharma asked.

He equated Narada with the present-day Google and said, “Your Google has started now, but our Google started a long time back. ‘Narad Muni’ was the epitome of information. He could reach anywhere and transfer a message from one place to another by saying ‘Narayana’ three times.”

In a similar incident, Sharma had once equated “jets and airplanes” with “Pushpak Viman” during Vedic times.