FIR was lodged here on Thursday toward nearly 50 celebrities, including Ramchandra Guha, Mani Ratnam and Aparna Sen, who had written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi increasing concern over the growing incidents of mob lynching.
A day after FIR filed against celebrities who wrote an open letter to prime minister Modi on incidents of mob lynching. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi lashed out the BJP government saying anybody anything against Narendra Modi or the government is put behind the bars.
The case was lodged after an application was passed by Chief Judicial Magistrate Surya Kant Tiwari two months ago on a petition filed by local advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha.
“The CJM had passed the order on August 20, passing my petition upon the receipt of which an FIR was lodged today at the Sadar police station here,” Ojha stated.
He told nearly 50 signatories of the letter were listed as accused in his petition in which they allegedly “tarnished the image of the country and undermined the impressive performance of the prime minister” besides “supporting secessionist tendencies.
The police stated the FIR was lodged under sections of the Indian Penal Code, including those relating to sedition, public nuisance, hurting religious feelings and insulting with an intention to provoke breach of peace.
The letter was written by 49 famous personalities, including filmmakers Mani Ratnam, Anurag Kashyap, Shyam Benegal, actor Soumitra Chatterjee as well as vocalist Shubha Mudgal in July this year, 2019.
It had said that the lynching of Muslims, Dalits and other minorities must be suspended immediately while emphasizing that there was “no democracy without dissent”.
It also wrote that Jai Shri Ram had been reduced to a “provocative conflict cry”