Delhi LG sanctions prosecution of Arundhati Roy, Sheikh Showkat in alleged ‘provocative speech’ case

Arundhati Roy. [Photo/ Wikimedia Commons]

New Delhi: Delhi Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena has granted sanction for the prosecution of Arundhati Roy and Sheikh Showkat Hussain in relation to FIRs dating back to 2010.

They are facing charges under sections 153A, 153B, and 505 of the Indian Penal Code for their speeches at a public event in the Delhi.

However, it’s important to note that they have not been charged under Section 124A of IPC (Sedition) due to a previous Supreme Court directive, which put such cases on hold until the Sedition matter is resolved.

This legal action stems from a conference held on October 21, 2010, organised by the “Committee for release of Political Prisoners (CRPP),” as the complainant alleged that the topic of discussion was the “Separation of Kashmir from India.”

The complainant, Sushil Pandit, alleged that the speeches made at the conference were provocative and posed a threat to public peace and security.

Consequently, an FIR was registered on November 29, 2010, under various sections, including sedition, promoting enmity between different groups, and acts aimed at public mischief.

Two of the men against whom charged were framed, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Syed Abdul Rahman Geelani, have since passed away during the course of the case.

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