Kochi, June 11
The Kavaratti Police has served a notice to leading Lakshadweep film personality Aisha Sultana to appear before it on June 20, in connection with her remarks made on a Malayalam TV channel about the spread of Covid on the island.
This unfolds amid the already prevailing local sentiments against the new Lakshadweep administrator Praful Khoda Patel.
The notice that has been served on Sulthana by Sub-Inspector Ameer Bin Mohammed contains charges under 124 A and 153 B of the CrPC, both of which are non-bailable offences.
Criticism of Patel does not constitute sedition. In a democracy, if that’s what we still want to claim to be, criticism of people in positions of authority is the right of every citizen. These thin skinned “leaders” should stop hiding behind such archaic laws. https://t.co/oadENzukrD
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) June 11, 2021
The complaint was registered by Lakshadweep BJP’s unit president Abdul Khader following the TV channel debate on June 7, where she had alleged that the ‘Centre used biological weapons for the spread of Covid in Lakshadweep, which according to the complainant as anti-national.
Sultana who hails from Chelath Island in Lakshadweep is based here and besides being a model, she has worked in numerous films in Malayalam.
Meanwhile, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah on Friday said the criticism of people in positions of authority is the right of every citizen in a democracy and “thin-skinned leaders” should stop hiding behind archaic laws.
“Criticism of Patel (Lakshadweep administrator Praful Patel) does not constitute sedition. In a democracy, if that’s what we still want to claim to be, criticism of people in positions of authority is the right of every citizen. These thin skinned ‘leaders’ should stop hiding behind such archaic laws,” he wrote on Twitter.
Ever since the new administrator took charge, the Congress and the ruling Left, here have been up in arms and have alleged that Patel is trying to implement the Sangh Parivar agenda in the otherwise calm and peace-loving island.
The Kerala Assembly earlier this month also saw a unanimous resolution being passed in demanding the removal of Patel.
Just the other day the island administrators following a protest were forced to withdraw an order which said that all the fishing boats that venture out for fishing on the island will have a security official.
On Monday, the entire island was on a day-long hunger strike by remaining in their homes and was fasting demanding the removal of Patel. Agencies