Sedition case against 50 celebrities

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An FIR has been lodged against 50 celebrities, including Mani Ratnam, Ramachandra Guha and Aparna Sen for the open letter, they had penned to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the increasing incidents of mob lynching. The FIR was lodged in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur on Thursday.

According to police sources, the FIR was lodged under several sections of IPC, including those related to sedition, public nuisance, hurting religious feelings and insulting with intent to provoke breach of peace.

Advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha, who filed a petition against the open letter, accused that the 50 signatories allegedly tarnished the image of the country and undermined the impressive performance of the Prime Minister. He also accused that they have supported secessionist tendencies.

It may be mentioned here that the celebrities including Anurag Kashyap, Shyam Benegal, actor Soumitra Chatterjee, and others wrote the letter in July this year.

The letter was written by 49 eminent personalities, including filmmakers Mani Ratnam, Anurag Kashyap, Shyam Benegal, actor Soumitra Chatterjee as well as vocalist Shubha Mudgal in July this year.

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