‘Sedi­tion case was filed to gar­ner pub­lic­ity’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Na­tion -

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.

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