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Tharoor and six journalists now face FIR in 5 states | India News


NEW DELHI / GURGAON / NOIDA / BENGALURU: One day after Congressman Shashi Tharoor and six high-level journalists, including Rajdeep Sardesai, were booked for sedition and other crimes at the Noida Sector 20 Police Station, the registered similar FIRs with the same charges against him in Gurgaon and Bengaluru on Friday.
On Thursday, Noida police had filed FIR against Tharoor, Sardesai, Mrinal Pande, Zafar Agha, Paresh Nath, Anant Nath, Vinod K Jose and ‘others’ on charges of sedition, promoting enmity and other IPC sections for “transmitting and tweeting misleading news ”about a protester who died in an accident after a tractor overturned during farmers’ protests that turned violent on Republic Day in Delhi.
On Friday, all seven were booked on the same charges, including sedition, based on complaints at the Cyber ​​police station in Gurgaon and at the Parappana Agrahara police station in Bengaluru. Another FIR, without the charge of sedition, was brought against them at the IP Estate Police Station in Delhi on Friday. With this, the FIRs against the seven defendants have appeared at the police stations of four states and one Union territory since Thursday: Delhi, UP, Karnataka, Haryana and MP.
The Delhi FIR, a copy of which is in TOI, came forward on the complaint of Chiranjiv Kumar, a resident of Mata Sundri Road. The FIR invokes sections of the IPC of criminal conspiracy, provoking people with the intention of causing riot, provocation to break the public peace, and fear or alarm to the public. It asserted that the defendants had “deliberately and without authentication, verification and fact-checking, deliberately published false, misleading and incorrect information to instigate the protesters and add fuel to the fire for their own personal and political advantage.”
At the Cyber ​​Police Station in Gurgaon, an identical FIR was presented to the one presented at the Noida Sector 20 Police Station. The author of the Gurgaon complaint was a 34-year-old private executive, Pankaj Singh. “Apart from article 124A of the IPC (sedition), the other articles invoked are 120B (criminal conspiracy), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, etc.), 153B (accusations, claims harmful to integration national) and 505 (2) (statements promoting enmity, hatred or ill will between classes), ”said ACP (DLF) Karan Goyal.
In Bengaluru, the FIR came after a complaint by Rakesh BS, 37, an employee of a private company. Rakesh said in his complaint that he had heard that journalists Rajdeep Sardesai, Mrinal Pande, Zafar Agha, Paresh Nath, Ananth Nath and Vinod K Jose and MP Tharoor tweeted that a farmer had been shot dead by police during the tractor parade. in Delhi on January 26. The police registered a criminal case under sections 153a of the IPC (promotion of enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc.), 153b (indictments, claims harmful to integration national), 295a (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings), 298 (uttering, words with the deliberate intention of hurting religious feelings), 506 (criminal intimidation), 124a (sedition), 504 (who intentionally insults and provokes ) against suspects.
The same seven people were also arrested at the Misrod police station in Bhopal under sections 153A, 153A (1b) and 505 (2) of the IPC, which promotes enmity, commits an act that is detrimental to the maintenance of harmony between communities, makes statements to create enmity. , hatred or ill will between classes. They have not been accused of sedition, although the complaint had requested it.

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