PATNA: Bihar police additional director general (ADG, headquarters) Jitendra Kumar on Wednesday issued a statement clarifying that police has found the
case, lodged against 49 prominent personalities
belonging from fields of art, culture and literature, false as the complainant advocate failed to produce any supporting documents or evidence.
The 49 personalities including Aparna Sen, Shyam Benegal, Mani Ratnam, Konkana Sen and others had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 23 this year against mob lynching incidents. Following which, Muzaffarpur based lawyer Sudhir Kumar Ojha filed a petition before the chief judicial magistrate (CJM) court alleging that they had maligned the country’s image and their letter was aimed to spread hatred and disintegrate the nation
Based on the complaint, CJM, Surya Kant Tiwari ordered police to lodge an FIR and investigate the allegations labelled by Ojha.
On court order, FIR was lodged with Sadar police station at Muzaffarpur under sections 124A (sedition), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration) and other relevant sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) on October 2.
ADG Kumar, in his statement, said the case was supervised by Muzaffarpur SSP before whom complainant could not produce supporting documents or evidence and not even the alleged letter written by the 49 persons to support his claim.
Kumar said the case was thus found to be false and order was given by SSP to investigating officer to file a final report before the court stating that Ojha’s case was false.
“Along with this, finding this to be an intentional purpose of complainant, prosecution under sections 182 and 211 of CrPC will be submitted against complainant for lodging a false case,” Kumar added.
This is not the first time that Ojha had filed such a complaint case. He has filed several such cases against prominent personalities of the country in the past.