Farooq faces complaint ‘for siding with separatists’

A complaint has been filed seeking action against National Conference (NC) leader and former Chief Minister, Farooq Abdullah, for his alleged seditious remarks.

The complaint was filed by activist Sukesh C Khajuria before the District Magistrate, Jammu, seeking action over, what he described, seditious remarks made by the former CM. The action has been sought under Ranbir Panel Code (RPC) against Abdullah for “supporting separatists” during his speeches in Kashmir.

“Consequent upon perusal of complaint, I am directed to request you to take action as per relevant provision of law,” Additional District Magistrate Arun Manhas said in a letter that was written to District Magistrate, Srinagar along with Khajuria’s complaint. 

Khajuria, who claims to be a member of the prominent Citizens’ Advisory Committee constituted by the Jammu and Kashmir government, sought information through an RTI application regarding action taken report on his complaint.

In its reply, the office of the deputy commissioner- district magistrate, Jammu said that the complaint has been sent to the DC Srinagar along with the compact disc (CD) for necessary action as per relevant provisions of the law, he said. He had earlier sought registration of an FIR against Abdullah for extending support to Hurriyat Conference and separatists’ ‘Azaadi’ movement.

”By extending support to the Hurriyat and Separatists, Dr Abdullah should be booked under sedition charges and I have moved an application seeking registration of FIR against him,” Sukesh Khajuria said.

The activist cited excerpts from Dr Abdullah’s speech which he made in Kashmiri language at the 111th Birth Anniversary celebration of his father Sheikh Abdullah on December 5, 2016 at Naseem Bagh near Hazratbal Srinagar. Khajuria alleged that the former Chief Minister openly sided with the separatists particularly Hurriyat Conference and extended complete support to the separatists in their freedom movement.

He further alleged that Farooq didn’t even hesitate to accord backing of his party and workers to Hurriyat’s demand for ‘Azadi’. He also accused the National Conference Patron for persuading party workers to fight for the cause of Hurriyat. 

“Utterances made by Dr Abdullah on aforesaid day constitute the offence of sedition which is punishable under Section 124-A RPC and I demand that a formal case should be registered against him,” Khajuria had said, earlier. In his complaint to the DC he has sought appropriate action under the RPC against former CM in the case.

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