No role of Cen­tre, BJP in sedi­tion case: Javadekar

Says Ca­nard Spread To De­fame Govt Tharoor writes to PM to protest FIR

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New Delhi: Re­act­ing to crit­ics blam­ing the Modi govern­ment for reg­is­tra­tion of a sedi­tion case against 49 in­tel­lec­tu­als and artists, BJP on Tues­day said it was an “ab­so­lute false­hood” spread by vested in­ter­ests.

As­sert­ing that the party or the govern­ment had noth­ing to do with the is­sue, se­nior BJP leader and In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Min­is­ter Prakash Javadekar said FIR was filed af­ter a Bi­har court’s or­der on a pe­ti­tion.

“This has noth­ing to do with BJP and govern­ment. This is a ca­nard which is al­ways spread to de­fame the Modi govern­ment and give an im­pres­sion that there is a chok­ing of free­dom of ex­pres­sion in a dra­co­nian fash­ion un­der it,” he said.

He said this is an ab­so­lute false­hood spread by vested in­ter­ests and ‘tukde-tukde’ gang.

The FIR was lodged in Bi­har’s Muzaf­farpur dis­trict against 49 in­tel­lec­tu­als, in­clud­ing Aparna Sen, Adoor Gopalakr­ish­nan and Ram­chan­dra Guha, for al­leged sedi­tion af­ter they wrote an open let­ter to Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi against grow­ing in­ci­dents of lynch­ing in the coun­try.

The case was reg­is­tered af­ter achief ju­di­cial mag­is­trate passed an or­der on a pe­ti­tion filed by a lawyer al­leg­ing that the writ­ers had tar­nished the im­age of the coun­try. Sev­eral groups and op­po­si­tion par­ties have at­tacked the Modi govern­ment over this. “This is ex­actly what is hap­pen­ing in this case. This whole gang has net­work world over. But peo­ple know who stands for what,” Javadekar said. New Delhi: Protest­ing the sedi­tion case against 49 em­i­nent ci­ti­zens who had raised con­cerns about the ris­ing cases of mob lynch­ing, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has shot off a let­ter to Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi stat­ing that in­di­vid­u­als who crit­i­cise a pre­mier should not be con­sid­ered “anti-na­tion­als”.

The let­ter was fol­lowed by com­ments from a num­ber of Congress lead­ers on so­cial me­dia ques­tion­ing the case against in­tel­lec­tu­als. Sources said Congress has de­cided to up the protest on the is­sue and more party lead­ers may write to the PM in com­ing days. Tharoor urged Modi to take a pub­lic stand wel­com­ing dis­sent and as­sure the na­tion of his “com­mit­ment to up­hold­ing free­dom of ex­pres­sion even when it in­volves dis­agree­ment with you or your govern­ment.”

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