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‘Sedition’ charge against actor Ramya: A look at recent cases where it was invoked

A sedition case was filed against actor-turned-politician Divya Spandana on Tuesday for praising the people of Pakistan and their hospitality.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 23, 2016 8:26:38 pm
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A sedition case was filed against actor-turned-politician Divya Spandana, on Tuesday, for praising the people of Pakistan and their hospitality. Outraged by her remarks a lawyer in Karnataka has filed a case of sedition on Spandana also known as Ramya.  Her remarks came in response to Defence Minister Mohan Parrikar’s comments that going to hell and going to Pakistan was the same, to which Ramya said, “I respectfully disagree, Pakistan is not hell, people there are just like us.”

This is one of the many sedition cases that India has seen in the last year, here we take a look at the most recent ones:-

October 2015

Patel quota agitation leader, Hardik Patel, was booked for sedition charges for allegedly instigating a youth to kill policemen rather than committing suicide. “If you have so much courage…then go and kill a couple of policemen. Patels never commit suicide.” Hardik had allegedly told Vipul Desai, who was willing to give up his life in support of the Patel quota agitation.

February 2016

JNU Students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were slapped with sedition charges for allegedly raising anti-India slogans at a campus event against capital punishment.

May 2016

A sedition case was registered against Jat Sangharsh Samiti chief Yashpal Malik and 125 others for allegedly threatening to launch another quota agitation. This was after a Jat quota agitation that turned violent in the month of February resulting in the death of thirty people and extensive damage to property in parts of North India.

June 2016

In June 2016, Bengaluru City police arrested  Akhila Karnataka Police Mahasabha  president Shashidhar Venugopal on sedition charges, a day before his call for state-wide protests by the police personnel to press their demands. Venugopal was also booked under Essential Service Maintenance Act of 2013.

July 2016 

*A case of sedition was registered against Green Wales School in Burhar town of Shahdol district for allegedly marking Jammu and Kashmir incorrectly on India’s map in the school diary. The case was registered against the school, its director Mohammad Sharif Niyazi, principal Govind Chand Das and publisher Arun Kumar Agarwal.

*A sedition case was registered against AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi over his statement that he would provide legal aid to five Muslims arrested by NIA on charges of alleged involvement with the ISIS. The advocate who had filed the complaint had mentioned that such a ‘stand’ of Owaisi will “boost the morale of anti-nationals and give oxygen to terrorists”.

August 2016

*Tasweef Ahmad, resident of Sopore, Kashmir was arrested by the police on charges of sedition. Ahmad has allegedly posted on social media against the state government and had endorsed for Kashmir’s independence. Ahmad had been working in Chhattisgarh for seven years when he was reportedly arrested from a train on his way back to his home in Kashmir.

*Human rights group Amnesty India International has been booked for sedition for organising an event where allegedly anti-Indian slogans were raised. The people attending the event were chanting slogans of ‘Azadi’ in Kashmir which was taken as spreading national hatred.

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