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Cops give clean chit to 49 celebrities who wrote open letter to PM Modi on lynchings

Muzaffarpur Police on Wednesday gave a clean chit to 49 eminent personalities who had written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi raising concerns over the increasing incidents of mob lynching in the country earlier this year.

Muzaffarpur SSP Manoj Kumar Sinha said order has been issued by him for the closure of the case as investigation so far revealed that allegations were levelled against the accused out of “mischief” and “lacked substance”

The FIR was lodged at the Sadar police station last week upon the order of the Chief Judicial Magistrate which had forwarded a petition filed by local advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha.

It was lodged against historian Ramchandra Guha and other eminent artists namely Aparna Sen, Konkona Sen, Anurag Kashyap and Shyam Benegal last week in Muzaffarpur following directions of Chief Judicial Magistrate Suryakant Tiwari.

The court hearing a complaint petition filed by petitioner and local lawyer Sudhir Ojha had found merit in the complaint and had ordered registering of FIR against these artists charging them with sedition, hurting religious sentiment, breach of peace and tarnishing the image of the country.

Sudhir Ojha, in July this year had filed a complaint case in the CJM court these artists alleging that their open letter had tarnished the image of the country, hurt religious sentiment and tantamount to sedition.

“During the investigation, it was found that there was no merit in the charges that were level against these personalities and the case filed by the petitioner was maliciously false,” told Manoj Kumar SSP Muzaffarpur to India Today TV.



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