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Book Arundhati for anti-India speech: Court

Nov 27, 2010 at 05:19pm IST

New Delhi: The Patiala House Court in New Delhi on Saturday directed Delhi Police to register FIR against Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, writer-activist Arundhati Roy and five other accused on charge of sedition for their alleged anti-India statements.

The cases will be registered under Indian Penal Code Section 124 (A) (sedition), Section 121 (raising war against India), Section 153 (A), Section 153 (B) and Section 295 (spreading hatred and animosity between communities and groups).

The court of Metropolitan Magistrate Navita Kumari Bagha while hearing a petition filed by Sushil Pandit also directed Delhi Police to file a report on the entire incident by January 6. The other accused include Delhi University professor SAR Geelani, who was acquitted in Parliament attack case, and Jammu and Kashmir University professor Sheikh Showkat Hussain.

Book Arundhati for anti-India speech: Court

The court of Metropolitan Magistrate Navita Kumari Bagha also directed Delhi Police to file a report by January 6.

"The court instructed Delhi Police to file a case and investigate the case and report back. We are satisfied with the judgement," said Pandit

Pandit had filed a complaint with Delhi Police on October 28 seeking registration of FIR against Roy and Geelani for their alleged anti-India speech.

Reacting to the news Arundhati replied that she would prefer to wait for the FIR to be registered.

Earlier, during the hearing Delhi Police in its status report filed in the court said registration of FIRs against Arundhati and Geelani will not stand, as no violent incidents followed the seminar earlier this month, where they allegedly made anti-India statements.

Arundhati, during the convention on 'Azadi - The Only Way' on Kashmir in New Delhi on October 24, had said, "Kashmir has never been an integral part of India - it is a historical fact. Even the Indian government has accepted this."

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