FIR against Arundhati, Geelani for Anti-India Speeches

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS): A city court Saturday ordered Delhi Police to register an FIR against Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani, writer-activist Arundhati Roy and five others for making 'anti-India' speeches during a seminar here Oct 21.

"The Delhi Police are hereby directed to lodge an FIR under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code and file a report in this regard on Jan 6, 2011, the next date of hearing," Metropolitan Magistrate Navita Kumari Bagha said.

Rejecting Delhi Police's status report before the court that no offence relating to sedition and other charges was made out against Geelani and others, the court said there were "prima facie cogent evidence" against the accused, and asked the police to further investigate the allegations and file a compliance report.

Sushil Pandit, the complainant in the case, had Oct 28 filed a complaint at Tilak Marg police station against Arundhati Roy, Geelani and others, and demanded that a First Information Report be registered for their alleged anti-India speeces at a seminar titled 'Azadi - the only Way' here.

"We're happy with the court's decision and look forward to results of the investigation by Delhi Police," said Aditya Raj Koul, an activist.

Counsel Vikas Padora argued that "the accused have ignited feelings of hatred, contempt and disaffection among people towards the government of India".

According to an order by Patiala House district court, the others against whom the FIR is to be registered include Delhi University professor S.A.R. Geelani, who was acquitted in 2001 parliament attack case, and Sheikh Showkat Hussain, a professor of the Jammu and Kashmir University.

The Patiala House court directed Delhi Police to file status report by Jan 6, 2011, in the case.


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  • umesh, udupi/Abu dhabi

    Sat, Nov 27 2010

    Roy does not deserve any sympathy.

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  • Dinesh, USA

    Sat, Nov 27 2010

    Court should give Arundhati Roy and Geelani severe punishment and should be treated as dangerous and traitor of the country. India could not allow them to spit on the sacrifice of 100′s of Freedom Fighters and 1000′s of Security Forces to keep Kashmir and India safe. Best place for them is with Ajmal Kasab. Police should also file a FIR against [ HM ] P.Chidambaram and [ LM ] Moily, who unnecessary pampers them on the name of Freedom of Speech. Congress Politicians feel insult if spoken against Rahul, Sonia or PM, but tolerates all insults against MOTHER INDIA.

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  • fathima, mangalore

    Sat, Nov 27 2010

    Apparently, she an Indian solicitor for Pakistani-ISI and much sought after darling of Pakistani press.

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  • Justin Lobo, Bangalore

    Sat, Nov 27 2010

    The terrorists thrown out Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir. Arundathi is blind. Put her behind the bars. I support non-autonomy to Kashmir. Repeal autonomy to Kashmir so that we Indians can live in every nooks and corners of India.

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 27 2010

    All of these people mentioned above certainly do not fall under the category of “free speech” since they speak in a deliberate attempt to encourage extremist to act.

    India is a very diversified country and if she has to stay strong and united then laws must be introduced and enforced to charge any person making anti-India speeches with sedition. If extremist violence has to stop, then we have to rein in those sparks that ignites it all. We have seen the horrors of partition and all that it brings is death and destruction.

    “United we stand, divided we fall”

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