Sedition case against Geelani, Arundhati?

Delhi Police may go ahead and file cases of sedition against the two for their anti-India tirade.

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2010, 21:15 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Delhi Police may go ahead and file cases of sedition against the chief of the hardliner faction of the separatist organisation Hurriyat, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and also eminent author Arundhati Roy for allegedly spreading anti-India tirade here last week.

Sources in Delhi Police revealed that they had sought a legal opinion on the nature of cases that can be levelled and also sought clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on the issue.

News reports suggest that the MHA has given the green signal to an investigation. Cases could registered under the Section 124A of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) which deals with sedition.

The police is now mulling over possible ramifications of
proceeding with the case and is likely to seek political
clearance to go ahead.

Proceedings could begin as early as in two-three days, sources said.

Not only in Delhi, the Jammu and Kashmir Police is also
looking into the Arundhati on
Jammu and Kashmir`s accession to India and does not rule out
taking action against the high profile writer and activist.

Highly-placed sources in the state home department said
the transcript of the speech delivered yesterday at a seminar
`Wither Kashmir: Freedom or enslavement` organised by
Coalition of Civil Societies (CCS) here has been handed over
to the legal department for examining it.

Roy is alleged to have questioned J and K`s accession
to India.

"Kashmir has never been an integral part of India. It
is an historical fact. Even the Indian Government has accepted
this" and also alleged that New Delhi became "colonizing
power" soon after its independence from British rule.

This is not the first time that the writer has run into
rough weather over her speeches. Earlier, her pro-Naxal write
up and speeches had forced Chattisgarh Police to seriously
think of booking her for waging war against the country.

The Opposition and various Kashmiri Pandit groups had raised severe objections to the seminar in Delhi which was attended by separatists of various hues – from Kashmiri to pro-Khalistani – in Delhi.

-PTI inputs