Bihar police quashing the FIR said that the case was “maliciously false”. It also said that the case was filed “just to garner publicity,”.
New Delhi: Following uproar from several sections of society, the Bihar police finally decided to close the sedition case against the 49 celebrities who wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on mob lynching.
Bihar police quashing the FIR said that the case was “maliciously false” and recommended action against petitioner. It also said that the case was filed “just to garner publicity,”. “The SSP recommenced closure of the case and action against the complainant for filing a false case without any rhyme or reason,” Bihar police said.
The petitioner, Sudhir Ojha, is known to be linked with Ramvilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party. Bihar Police also said that the investigation so far has revealed that allegations were levelled against the accused were out of “mischief” and “lacked substance”.
FIR against 49 celebrities:
A case was filed in Muzaffarpur on Thursday against 49 eminent people who wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the increasing incidents of mob lynching. It includes the names of signatories of the letter including Ramchandra Guha, Mani Ratnam and Aparna Sen. The case was registered following the order of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Suryakant Tiwari on a petition filed 2 months ago on behalf of local lawyer Sudhir Kumar Ojha.
An FIR was lodged at Sadar Police Station on 3 October. The 49 celebrities who signed in an open letter to Modi have been accused that they tarnished the image of the country and promoted the separatist tendency. They are also accused of underestimating the “impressive work” of Prime Minister Modi.
According to the police, a case has been registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) like hurting religious sentiments, treason, disturbing the peace have been imposed.
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