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Actor-politician Ramya booked on sedition charges over her ‘Pakistan not hell’ comment

India TV Politics Desk Bengaluru 23 Aug 2016, 13:26:37 PM IST
India TV Politics Desk

A day after actor-politician Ramya’s comments in praise of Pakistan created a furore, a sedition case has been filed against her by an advocate at the office of the Judicial Magistrate of First Class Court at Somavarapete in Karnataka’s Madikeri for her remarks.

Ramya had referred to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s statement that “going to Pakistan is like going to hell” and had said, “Pakistan is a good country, not hell. People are just like us. They treated us very well. Manohar Parrikar's comment is not true”.

Advocate Katnamane Vithal Gowda had filed a petition against the 33-year-old former Congress MP, blaming that she has praised Pakistan, who promotes terrorism in India. The hearing of the case is scheduled on August 27. 

Ramya had recently visited Islamabad for a meeting of young parliamentarians from SAARC countries. 

On the other hand, Ramya refused to apologise for her comment saying that she has not done anything wrong and is entitled to her views.

"I will not apologise as I have done nothing wrong. I am entitled to my views and that is what democracy is about," Ramya said,

"I can say sorry, it is the easiest thing for me, but if I do it in this case, the purpose is lost," she further added. 

Karnataka’s Congress government is facing criticism in connection with a case filed against Amensty International over a Kashmir-related event last week in where slogans of “azadi” were raised.

A sedition case was filed against Amnesty International by the police on the complaint of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad, a BJP-linked student organisation.