Complaint against Roy, Geelani in Bangalore court

A complaint has been filed in a local court seeking prosecution of writer Arundhati Roy, Hurriyat Leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Delhi University professor SAR Geelani for "sedition.

Updated: Dec 01, 2010, 15:52 PM IST

Bangalore: A complaint has been filed in a
local court seeking prosecution of writer Arundhati Roy,
Hurriyat Leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Delhi University
professor SAR Geelani for "sedition, waging war against the
Indian state and abetment to anti-national activities."

The complainants have prayed that the court summon the
three persons and prosecute them for various offences and
direct the Commissioner of Police to investigate the matter
under relevant sections.

The complainants, KS Chandrashekar, Shrirangaiah and BJ
Rohith, accused the trio of making "inciteful" statements at a
seminar organised in New Delhi on October 21 by Kashmiri
separatists on "Azadi: The Only way".

According to the complainants, SAR Geelani, who is the
president of Committee for Release of Political Prisoners
commenced his speech by inciting the Kashmiri people to demand
"azadi" or independence from Indian state.

Later Roy described India as an "upper caste Hindu state
waging a continuous struggle against the people" and that
Kashmir was never an integral part of India, the complaint
said and also quoted her as saying Kashmir needs "azadi" from
India as much as India needs "azadi" from Kashmir.

The social activist further stated that bows and arrows in
hands of Adivasis and stones in the hands of Kashmiris alone
were not enough, the complaint said.

The complaint also quotes Syed Geelani as stating that
they have been demanding "azadi" in the face of "naked
oppression" and they would continue fighting for it till it is
achieved.

The complainants submitted that crime had been committed
in "the most deliberate and intentional manner".

Counsel for complainants, Prasanna Deshpande said they
wanted the court to take cognisance under Sections 121
(waging, or attempting to wage, war or abetting waging of
war, 121A (conspiracy to commit offences punishable by section
121), 124A (sedition), and other relevant IPC sections.

PTI