New Delhi: A Delhi court Wednesday asked the
city police to file a report on a complaint seeking prosecution of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and writer Arundhati Roy on the charges of sedition for their
alleged anti-India statements.
"The Station House Officer of the concerned police
station is directed to file a status report on November 16,"
Metropolitan Magistrate Navita Kumari Bagha said.
Earlier, Vikas Padora, counsel for complainant, Sushil
Pandit, submitted that the prima facie case of sedition was
made out against the accused as they had openly challenged
the integrity and the authority of Government of India .
"Being a citizen of this country, the complainant is
duly empowered by the Constitution to seek registration of an
FIR against the accused persons for various offences against
the nation," Padora argued.
The complaint, filed under section 156 (3)of CrPC,
seeks either registration of an FIR or a direction to the
police to file a report after probing their alleged anti-India
statements at a seminar here.
It was alleged that as the government had miserably
failed to initiate any action against the "culprits" of the
anti-India seminar, a private complaint against them has been filed.
Besides Geelani and Roy, the complaint also seeks
prosecution of five others, including Delhi University
professor S A R Geelani, who was acquitted in Parliament
attack case, and Sheikh Showkat Hussain, a professor of Jammu
and Kashmir University.
Hurriyat leader Geelani had shared the dais with Roy
and pro-Maoist leader Vara Vara Rao among others during the
convention, `Azadi-The Only Way.`