BJP has nothing to do with the sedition charges against celebrities: Sushil Kumar Modi

PATNA: Deputy Prime Minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi On Wednesday, he said that BJP had nothing to do with a sedition case filed in the Muzaffarpur district against almost 50 renowned actors, filmmakers and intellectuals who had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention in the growing incidence of lynching of the mafia.

In a statement issued here, Modi noted with dismay that the FIR was filed on the complaint of a serial litigator from the city of northern Bihar, who has filed countless petitions against known personalities including myself.

He accused the awards of the Wapasi and Tukde Tukde gangs of using the incident to claim that Narendra Modi's government in the Center was against the right to freedom of expression.

He is a serial litigator who has filed 715 PIL, in addition to petitions against personalities known as the former prime minister. Manmohan Singh and the actors Amitabh Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan. I had even filed a case against me four years ago, Modi said without referring to the Muzaffarpur-based defender, Sudhir Kumar Ojha, by name.

The serial litigator obtained an FIR filed against 49 celebrities simply by newspaper reports and, among other IPC sections, the sedition was also added, said deputy CM referring to the FIR that has been registered at the Sadar police station. Muzaffarpur following an order of the Chief Judicial Magistrate before whose court Ojha had submitted his petition in July.

In the petition, Ojha had named filmmakers such as Shyam Benegal, Mani Ratnam and Adoor Gopalakrishnan in addition to the actors Revathi and Soumitra Chatterjee and the historian Ramachandra Guha among the defendants, while Bollywood celebrities Kangana Ranaut , Madhur Bhandarkar and Vivek Agnihotri among witnesses.

The BJP has nothing to do with the litigation or the Sangh Parivar. The head of RSS, Mohan Bhagwat, has made it clear, time and again, that the Sangh is against any type of mafia violence. Despite the clarifications of him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself, the so-called intellectuals want to give importance to a serial litigator, Modi claimed.

The award-winning wapasi and tukde tukde gangs are again. They are simply using the last litigation of a serial litigator to paint the current regime as one that was strangling freedom of expression, Modi lamented.

Notably, just a few days after the FIR stayed in Muzaffarpur on October 3, about 200 renowned personalities, including historian Romila Thapar, actor Naseeruddin Shah, the shortlisted author of the Booker Jeet Thayil award and Harsh activist Mander came out with an open letter addressed to The Prime Minister, in protest.