Lakshadweep filmmaker Aisha Sultana moves Kerala HC seeking anticipatory bail in sedition case
The police registered a case against Sultana for her controversial statement that the Centre was using Covid as a 'bio-weapon' against the people of Lakshadweep.
Lakshadweep-based filmmaker Aisha Sultana approached the Kerala High Court seeking anticipatory bail in a sedition case filed against her.
An FIR was registered against her on sedition charges after she, in a TV debate, said Centre deployed Covid as a 'bio weapon' against people of Lakshadweep.
Sultana filed the bail plea through P Vijayabhanu, Senior Advocate of the Kerala High Court. The petition stated that she never had any intention to excite disaffection or hatred towards the central government.
The case was registered with charges of sedition (IPC 124A) on the basis of a petition filed by BJP Lakshadweep president Abdul Khader Haji.
A case under Sections 124 A (sedition) and 153 B (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration) was registered against Sultana, a native of Chetlat island, based on a petition filed by BJP’s Lakshadweep unit president Abdul Khader.
She allegedly made the remark during a discussion on a Malayalam news channel regarding the current resentment and protests in Lakshadweep over proposed legislation and reform measures.
According to her, the protest is primarily against the revised and relaxed SOP in the COVID-19 quarantine protocol. There were no Covid cases till January 2021. Following the modification in the SOP by the Lakshadweep administration, Covid cases increased. Lakshadweep is now seeing an exponential rise in Covid-19 patients, the primitive healthcare system and geography of the area is adding to the number of deaths in the place.
In that context, Sultana was invited for the discussion, and it was while explaining the situation that such a remark was allegedly made by her. She had only intended to say that it was due to the apathetic approach and reforms of the new administrator that a serious threat is being caused to the lives of the people of the islands and had absolutely no intention of exciting disaffection towards the government. On learning that her statement has given rise to several controversies, she had immediately taken to her social media account wherein she explained her stand and apologized for the statements made.
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