No role of Centre, BJP in sedition case: Javadekar
Says Canard Spread To Defame Govt Tharoor writes to PM to protest FIR
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.”