The case of sedition against celebrities for writing to the Prime Minister was false: the Muzaffarpur police

PATNA: On Wednesday, the additional general director of the Bihar police (ADG, headquarters) issued a statement clarifying that the police found the case, filed against 49 prominent personalities belonging to the fields of art, culture and literature, false since the author's defender did not produce any supporting documents or evidence.

The 49 personalities include, Shyam Benegal , Mani Ratnam, Konkana Sen and others had written a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 23 of this year against incidents of lynching of the mafia. After which, Muzaffarpur's lawyer, Sudhir Kumar Ojha, filed a petition with the court of first instance of the judicial magistrate (CJM) alleging that they had defamed the country's image and that his letter was aimed at spreading hatred and disintegrating the nation.

On the basis of the complaint, CJM, Tiwari ordered the police to present an FIR and investigate the complaints labeled by Ojha.

By court order, FIR was filed at the Sadar police station in Muzaffarpur under sections 124A (sedition), 153B (accusations, claims detrimental to national integration) and other relevant sections of the Indian Criminal Code (IPC) on October 2 .

ADG Kumar, in his statement, said the case was overseen by the SSP of Muzaffarpur, to whom the plaintiff could not present supporting documents or evidence and not even the supposed letter written by the 49 people to support his claim.

Kumar said the case was found to be false and that the SSP gave an order to the investigating officer to submit a final report to the court stating that Ojha's case was false.

Along with this, finding that this is an intentional purpose of the plaintiff, prosecution under sections 182 and 211 of CrPC will be brought against the plaintiff for filing a false case, Kumar added.

This is not the first time that Ojha has filed a complaint case. He has presented several such cases against prominent personalities of the country in the past.