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NEW DELHI: The Congress raised the difficulty of circumstances filed towards its MP Shashi Tharoor and 6 journalists within the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, demanding withdrawal of the sedition expenses that had been slapped to “intimidate independent journalism and free voice”.
Raising the difficulty by way of a zero hour point out, Digvijaya Singh of the Congress stated FIRs had been filed towards politicians, journalists and civil society activists below felonious sections up to now few days.
The FIRs have been filed in 5 states over their alleged “misleading” tweets on the violence and dying of a protester in the course of the farmers’ tractor parade in Delhi on Republic Day.
“Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor and journalists Rajdeep Sardesai, Mrinal Pande, Mandeep Punia and several others have been charged with sedition on the basis of one person’s complaint,” Singh stated.
Charges of sedition, legal intimidation, selling enmity, provocation to interrupt public peace, legal conspiracy, outraging non secular emotions, amongst others, have been invoked within the FIRs lodged at Gurgaon, Bengaluru and in several districts of Madhya Pradesh.
Singh stated sedition was a colonial legislation that British used to jail freedom fighters, together with Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh and Ashfaqulla Khan.
“On the basis of similar worked complaints with identical content, FIRs have been registered in different police stations in three states,” he stated. “This is a planned conspiracy to intimidate independent journalism and free voice. We condemn this.”
Stating that impartial journalism is a pre-requisite for democracy, Singh requested the Home Ministry to withdraw sedition expenses.

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