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Bihar court orders FIR against Farooq Abdullah for comment on PoK

The order was passed by Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Jayaram Prasad on Monday, on a complaint filed by a lawyer, Murad Ali.

By: PTI | Bettiah | Published: November 15, 2017 8:45 pm
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A court in West Champaran district of Bihar has ordered that an FIR be lodged against National Conference (NC) chief Farooq Abdullah over his controversial remarks on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The order was passed by Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Jayaram Prasad on Monday, on a complaint filed by a lawyer, Murad Ali.

“On November 12, there were reports in the media that Abdullah had said PoK was a part of Pakistan. The comment was seditious and hence, a petition was filed, praying for directions to the police to lodge an FIR against him,” Ali said.

Town police station in-charge Nityanand Chauhan said, “We are yet to receive a copy of the order. Action will be taken once we receive it.” Abdullah’s comment had kicked up a political storm, drawing sharp criticisms from the BJP and its allies.

Reacting to the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister’s comment, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is also the national president of the Janata Dal (United), had said “entire Kashmir, including the areas under Pakistani occupation, is an integral part of India”.

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  1. Sudheer Thaakur
    Nov 15, 2017 at 11:55 pm
    first of all lik sabha should act against farooq abdulla. as mp he has taken oath to protect sovereignty of india. and loksabha has repeatedly asserted that whole of j k ia integral part of india and his statement violates it.
    1. S
      Nov 15, 2017 at 9:35 pm
      If at all any FIR is to be filed like this type of cases the place where the speech is delivered that jurisdictional police station the case be filed, Recently a case was filed against Kamalahassan in UP court whereas he delivered the speech at Chennai.
      1. K
        k basu
        Nov 15, 2017 at 9:50 pm
        Refreshing suggestion. In addition criminal cases should only filed by the government not by mischief makers paid to suppress free speech. And the CJI should pull up these lower court clerks(judges) routinely ordering FIRs instead of summarily throwing out the complaints. I remember few years back a lower court issued a arrest warrant against president abul kalam. The dignity and re tion of the judiciary is in desperate need of repair.