Source : Indlaw.com
The Delhi High Court has issued notices to the Centre and the Delhi government on public interest litigation, seeking directions to the governments to prosecute noted writer Arundhati Roy for her alleged seditious remarks on Kashmir made at a public function last month.
Petitioner Salekchand Jain, through his counsel Sugrive Dubey, urged the court to direct the two governments to prosecute Ms Roy under the Prohibition of Seditious Meeting Act, 1911, and section 121 (waging and attempting to wage war or abetting the waging of war against the government of India) of the Indian Penal Code.
Taking the petition on record, Justice Hima Kohli directed the respondents to file replies to the petition by January 23.
The petitioner alleged that the writer had committed a crime under the Act and the IPC by making remarks on Kashmir at a seminar in the national capital last month.
He said since the Union government had failed to take any action against her, it was the duty of the judiciary to step in and rein such people for making seditious statements.
Another such petition in which Kashmiri separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani is also named along with Ms Roy as an accused for making ‘anti-India’ remarks is pending in the Patiala House Court.