‘Sedition case was filed to garner publicity’
SSP Manoj Kumar confirmed to TOI that he had sought closure of the sedition case.
“Yes, I have recommended closure of the case, finding it maliciously false during the course of investigation. The petitioner named some witnesses but he failed to produce them before the investigating officer. We have not found any evidence to go ahead with the sedition charges,” the senior superintendent of police told TOI.
He added that the investigating officer in the case will file the final report in the local court within a day or two.
Coming down heavily on petitioner Ojha, Kumar said: “It seems the case was filed without any rhyme or reason, and just to garner publicity.”
Jitendra Kumar, ADG (headquarters), said police had lodged the case following the CJM’s order. He said in a statement that the complainant could not even produce before the Muzaffarpur SSP the letter written by the 49 personalities to support his claim.
Bihar deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi issued a statement on Wednesday evening clarifying that BJP and the Sangh Parivar had nothing to do with the petition filed against the 49 personalities.
“A serial litigant filed a complaint against 49 personalities in the state based on a newspaper clipping and added sedition charges to it. That complainant has lodged a total of 715 PILs, including those against former prime minister Manmohan Singh, actor Amitabh Bachchan as well as me,” Sushil Modi said.