Row erupts over sedition FIR against 49 celebrities
The FIR on charges of sedition and other offences ordered filed by 49 celebrities by the chief judicial magistrate of Muzaffarpur, Bihar, for writing a letter to the PM snowballed into a controversy and led to a blowback on Friday, with one of the signatories to the letter, filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan, saying the government and the judiciary seemed to have missed seeing people shooting at an effigy of Mahatma Gandhi but an FIR had been ordered against 49 actors, directors and intellectuals expressing concern about increasing instances of mob lynchings.
The signatories to the letter to the PM included RamaDemocracy is not about silence but about various kinds of voices, debates and discussions… As far as I know, we are not in a state of emergency chandra Guha, Shyam Benegal, Aparna Sen, Amit Chaudhuri, Kaushik Sen, Mani Ratnam, Anurag Kashyap, Soumitra Chatterjee and Shubha Mudgal.
Gopalakrishnan said the CJM court’s decision pointed to the disturbing state of affairs in the country. “And what worries us most is that a court has admitted the case,” he told reporters on Friday.
“We wrote the letter believing that democracy prevailed in the country, and it was intended to bring to the attention of the PM about injustice (sic). Normally a government should be looking into such a complaint and (should) find solutions if there is any merit in it. Here, an FIR was registered against the complainants instead,” Gopalakrishnan said. All the signatories were artists and cultural activists who did not have any political interest, he added. Actor Aparna Sen refused comment as the matter was sub judice.
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