New Delhi: The Government today decided not
to file any case against hardline Kashmiri separatist leader
Syed Ali Shah Geelani and activist Arundhati Roy for
purportedly giving "hate speeches" at a seminar held here last
The decision was taken after considering various issues
and it was decided that such a move would give unnecessary
publicity to them and a handle to separatists in the Valley,
officials in the Union Home Ministry said.
"We have decided to ignore them," they said.
After the October 21 incident, when Geelani and others
made statements, which were seen as an attempt to instigate
secession, the Home Ministry sought legal opinion on the issue
which suggested that a case could be made out under Section
124 (A) of IPC (disaffection against the State).
However, after taking political opinion, the Ministry
decided not to file any case against Geelani and Roy.
At the convention on `Azadi--The Only Way`, Geelani had
shared the stage with writer Roy and pro-Maoist leader Vara
Vara Rao among others. Geelani was heckled by the audience
with one of them throwing a shoe at him.