Tablighi Markaz: Assam Police Registers Sedition Case, Arrests Muslim MLA on "Communal Remarks", Maharashtra Police Drags its Feet to File FIR Against TV Journalists on "Hate" Allegations
Syed Ali Ahmed | India Tomorrow
NEW DELHI, APRIL 8—While the Assam police took no time in booking a case of sedition against the AIUDF MLA Aminul Islam on allegations of making “misleading and communal remarks” in connection with the coronavirus quarantine centres in the state, the Maharashtra police are dragging its feet over registration of an FIR against seven journalists including ABP editor Ashok Kumar Sarkar on allegations of hurting religious sentiments and promoting enmity on basis of religion.
Speaking to India Tomorrow over phone, Parbhani-based lawyer Junaid Jilani Syed said that on April 5, he filed a complaint with the Parbhani Police Commissioner, seeking registration of a criminal case against them.
“He said that in his complaint in Marathi language, which translated into English reads, “India TV, ABP, Zee News, News Nation and Aaj Tak were giving wrong news. Their coverage was hurting the sentiments of the Muslim community as they used terms like corona jihad. India TV, ABP and Zee News are trying to create religious conflict between communities. They are trying to portay the entire Tablighi Jamaat community as Talibani and hence, trying to defame the entire Muslim community”.
Junaid also mentioned the names of India TV promoter Rajat Sharma, Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhary, Anjana Om Kashyap of Aaj Tak, ABP news anchors Rubika Liyaqat, Romana Khan and News Nation anchor Deepak Chaurasia as journalist promoting enmity among different communities. He also mentioned the name of ABP editor Ashok Kumar Sarkar in the complaint.
Junaid said that the police commissioner initially agreed to register the FIR and “accepted my written complaint also”.
“However, the attitude of the police changed when I went to collect the copy of the FIR the next day”, said Junaid.
“I have been trying to get a copy of the FIR but police have been delaying the registration on one or the other pretext”, said the lawyer.
But, Junaid said that he would move the court if the police did not register FIR against the TV journalists spreading hate through their channels.
Junaid that he had sought registration of FIR against the seven under IPC Section 295-A pertaining to deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religious beliefs and IPC Section 153-A pertaining to promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence and language.