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Arunima,CNN-IBN
Oct 26, 2010 at 02:57pm IST

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New Delhi: Delhi Police are ready to book hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and writer-activist Arundhati Roy for sedition. However the question that arises is will the Government give political clearance?

Is the Government contemplating action against Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Arundhati Roy for their controversial statements a few days ago at a seminar in Delhi?

After days of debate and criticism- the government may take action against Geelani and Arundhati. They are in trouble for making controversial statements on Kashmir. The Delhi Police are all set to act on charges of sedition but the decision will have to be more political than legal.

The pitch seems to be queering for Syed Ali shah Geelani and his supporters. Legal opinion given to Government of India suggested that both Geelani and Arundhati Roy can be prosecuted under section 124-A of IPC on charges of sedition.

The legal opinion says that any person who by words or expression of any kind brings or attempts to provoke a feeling of hatred or contempt or disaffection towards government by law is culpable under Section 124 A and this is a punishable offence, where a person can be imprisoned for three years to life imprisonment and a fine can also be imposed.

The maximum punishment under this section is life imprisonment but Geelani remains unfazed.

"I already have 90 cases against me. One more doesn't make much of a difference," says Geelani.

Arundhati Roy, who has been opposing the Government on the Naxal issue, continued to test the establishment's patience. Minutes after she landed in Srinagar, Arundhati Roy repeated that Kashmir was never a part of India - a statement that the Jammu-Kashmir Police is now examining to explore legal action.

"Every one will have to follow the law," says Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari.

The Government is treading with caution and the final decision may be political. Next few days will clarify the mind of the political establishment.

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