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Jan 31, 2013 at 11:31am IST

Ashis Nandy to request Supreme Court to quash FIR against him

New Delhi: A team of the Rajasthan Police will question sociologist Ashis Nandy on Thursday over his controversial comments linking Dalits to corruption. But the sociologist, who will appear in the Supreme Court later on Thursday afternoon, will request the apex court that all FIRs filed against him be quashed. Nandy's argument is based on the fact that no offence was mentioned in the FIR.

The sociologist had said that the most corrupt people in the country were Dalits, backward and oppressed classes. But later clarified that he was making an academic argument about corruption being an equaliser and that his comment was misinterpreted.

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The police had earlier registered an FIR under section 3(1) of the SC/ST Act, which is non-bailable and invites up to 10-years in jail.

Nandy had on Tuesday said he was ready to go to jail. "If at 75 I am tried under the atrocities act and convicted then I'll go to jail, I'll not contest it because I have worked for Dalits and adivasis for 45 years and I am not going to take this insult. I will go to jail," he said.

An all-party delegation, comprising leaders of the MNS, the Shiv Sena, the BJP, the RPI and Dalit organisations - under the banner of the Bahujan Samaj Sangharsh Samiti - had submitted a memorandum to police seeking registration of complaint against the author. The delegation also submitted the petition to Divisional Commissioner Ravindra Jadhav.