New Delhi, January 7 The Delhi Police on January 6 submitted a status report to a local court, which is looking into a complaint against seven persons for “anti-India” speeches made at a convention on Kashmir “Azadi: The Only Way”, organized here at LTG Auditorium on October 21, 2010 by the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP), stating a first information report (FIR) had been registered and investigation was progressing.
The seven accused included i. Booker Prize winner and writer Arundhati Roy, ii. Tehreek Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, iii. Maoist ideologue and Telangana poet Varavara Rao, iv. Delhi University professor SAR Geelani who was acquitted in the Parliament attack case, v. Kashmir University law professor Sheikh Showkat Hussain, vi. media practitioner, filmmaker and writer with the Raqs Media Collective Shuddhabrata Sengupta and vii. Assamese human rights activist Sujato Bhadra.
The FIR was registered at the Tilak Marg police station on November 29 last following a direction by Metropolitan Magistrate Navita Kumari Bagha. An organisation, “Roots in Kashmir,” filed a complaint in the court saying the police had not taken any action on its complaint, filed at the Tilak Marg station on October 28, against the speeches made at the October 21 convention. On January 6, the judge clubbed three other complaints received against Ms. Roy for her speech at the convention with the “Roots for Kashmir” case. The matter will come up for hearing on February 25. The investigating officer had excused himself from appearing in court on Thursday, citing appearance in a Tis Hazari court.
The FIR has been registered under Sections 124A (sedition), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration), 504 (insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code, and Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.