Court Orders FIR Against Roy, Geelani27 November 2010
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday ordered the police to register an FIR against writer Arundhati Roy, hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, revolutionary poet Varavara Rao and four others for allegedly making anti-India statements at a convention on Kashmir “Azadi: The Only Way,” organised here on October 21. The others are Delhi University professor S.A.R. Geelani, who was acquitted in the Parliament attack case, Kashmir University law professor Sheikh Shaukat Hussain, Shuddhabrata Sengupta and Sujato Bhadra. Cogent evidence Metropolitan Magistrate Navita Kumari Bagha noted that there was prime facie cogent evidence against the accused and asked the Delhi Police to lodge an FIR under the relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code and file a compliance report on January 6, 2011 - the next date of hearing. On November 3, the court ordered the Delhi Police to submit a status report by November 16 after a complaint by an organisation, “Roots in Kashmir,” that the police had not taken any action on its complaint filed at the Tilak Marg station on October 28. Vikas Padora, counsel for Sushil Pandit, had filed a complaint under Section 156(3) of the Criminal Procedure Code on November 3 seeking either the registration of an FIR or a direction to the police to file a report after probing the alleged anti-India statements made at the convention. After much delay, the Delhi Police finally submitted a status report on Saturday but the court rejected it. The report said that the accused had made no inflammatory speeches and no offence relating to sedition and other charges could be made out against Syed Geelani, Ms. Roy and others.