Malayalam writer slapped with sedition charge for FB post on National Anthem

A Malayalam writer and theatre artistwas today charged with sedition for allegedly insulting to the national anthem. Kamal C Chavara, alias Kamalsy Prana, was taken into custody on charges of insulting thenational anthem in
Malayalam writer charged with sedition - India TV
India TV News Desk Kozhikode December 19, 2016 8:18 IST

A Malayalam writer and theatre artistwas today charged with sedition for allegedly insulting to the national anthem. 

Kamal C Chavara, alias Kamalsy Prana, was taken into custody on charges of insulting thenational anthem in a Facebook Post. The complaint was lodged by Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of BJP. Yuvamorcha, in its complaint, said Kamal's Facebook post insulted the national anthem.

The case under 124 A (sedition) has been registered against the writer, police said. 

As per the complaint filed by the Yuva Morcha activists, Kamal had posted some excerpts from his novel "Smasanangulude Nottupusthakam" on Facebook, which they alleged was an insult to the national anthem. 

Kamal posted the portion on Facebook apparently to mark his protest against the Supreme Court order which said the national anthem should be played in every cinema hall prior to each screening.

Police said Kamal would be handed over to their counterparts at Karunagapalli.

The incident comes close on the heels of the arrest of 12 persons earlier this month for not standing up when the national anthem was being played before the screening of a film at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in Thiruvananthapuram. 

The Supreme Court had recently directed that cinema halls across the country must play the national anthem before the screening of a film and people should stand up as a mark of respect. The ruling, however, has received mixed reactions from legal experts with a few terming it as "judiciary's over-enthusiasm" and others saying playing it and respecting it won't cause any harm.

PTI inputs

Related Tags: Sedition CaseMalayalam
 
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