Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday said it was in accordance with the law for the Delhi Police not to file a case against noted writer Arundhati Roy for her alleged seditious speech recently.
“Not taking action is also action,” he shot back when a journalist asked him why the government was not acting against her for her “Azaadi” (independence) remarks made at a convention on Kashmir here recently.
“Section 124(A) of the IPC (related to sedition) is for deterrence and punishment. The spirit of the law and true interpretation of law is that unless there is direct incitement to violence,the state must show tolerance and forbearance. The Delhi Police is acting in accordance with the letter and spirit of the law,” he said.
To a question about a demonstration outside the writer’s residence by BJP women cell activists,the minister said,”I don’t think there was any attack on her residence. If there are specific requests,we will provide her security.”
BJP has been demanding the registration of a police case against her and Hurriyat hardliner leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani for their speeches in the convention on Kashmir.