The Calcutta High Court on Monday quashed a first information report registered (FIR) against BJP leader and actor Paresh Rawal for alleged hate speech against Bengalis [Paresh Dayabhai Rawal @ Paresh Rawal vs State of West Bengal]..Single-judge Justice Rajasekhar Mantha while quashing the FIR lodged in December last year, noted that the speech was made in Gujarati, which was not necessarily understood by the people who have objected to it."The speech in question was made in Gujarati and there is no English translation of the text till date. There have been some comments against the speech by persons, who may not necessarily understand Gujarati. Above all, the petitioner has clarified and has also tendered an apology," Justice Mantha recorded in the order. The bench, having considered the facts of the case, said further continuation of the proceedings and the FIR would not be desirable and therefore, quashed the FIR. .The actor was booked by the Kolkata Police on a complaint filed by one Md Salim, who was the state secretary of CPI(M) alleging that Rawal hurt the sentiments of Bengalis by making hate speech against the community members. .During his poll campaign in Gujarat's Valsad district, the actor had reportedly said, "Gas cylinders are expensive, but their price will come down. People will get employment too. But what will happen if Rohingya migrants and Bangladeshis start living around you, like in Delhi? What will you do with gas cylinders? Cook fish for the Bengalis?". However, after he was criticised for his remarks, he had clarified on social media platform Twitter that he did not wanted to hurt anyone's sentiments and that he was referring to the "illegal Bangladeshis" who enter India through West Bengal.