Court notice to police on Geelani, Arundhati speeches

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

NEW DELHI - A city court Wednesday issued notice to Delhi Police over a plea seeking registration of criminal cases against separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani and writer-activist Arundhati Roy for their remarks on Kashmir at a seminar here Oct 21.

The court asked police to respond by Nov 16 on the complaint filed by a group of Kashmiri pandits, Roots in Kashmir (RIK).

On Monday, RIK filed a complaint in the court against Geelani, Roy and others for speaking in favour of Kashmir’s “azadi” at a seminar held here Oct 21.

The government has until now remained a mute spectator to the vicious and seditious speeches made by the separatists. Since they’ve remained inert, we’ve decided to shoulder the responsibility, said RIK member Aditya Raj Kaul.

Members of RIK Oct 28 filed a complaint with the Tilak Marg police station demanding that a First Information Report (FIR) be registered and action be taken against those who spoke in the favour of ‘azadi’ and separation of Kashmir.

We expect the police to inform us about the reasons of not filing an FIR in this case. We demand an FIR for the speeches made on Oct 21, and a thorough investigation into the case, Vikas Padora, lawyer for RIK, told IANS.

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