Pune Police’s U turn in PFI video case; Refusal to charge sedition in FIR

Police on Sunday evening said that there was no such allegation, reversing from the statement that the section of sedition was added to the FIR registered by the Popular Front of India (PFI) during the protest organized on Friday for allegedly raising pro-Pakistan slogans. has been applied.

Earlier, senior inspector of Bundagarden police station Pratap Mankar had said that the FIR contained sections 109, 120B (criminal conspiracy), 124A (punishment for sedition), 153A and B (promoting enmity between different groups) of the Indian Penal Code. Dena) but Deputy Commissioner of Police Sagar Patil (Zone-II) later clarified that this allegation has not been made.

The police had on Friday registered a case against 60-70 suspected PFI activists for illegally gathering in connection with the protest outside the district collector’s office. Mankar had said that sections 109, 120B (criminal conspiracy), 124A (punishment for sedition), 153A and B (promoting enmity between different groups) of the Indian Penal Code have been added in the FIR.

Refusal to impose section 124A

Pratap Mankar, senior inspector of the police station, said, “We had registered an FIR against PFI workers on Friday. We have added some more sections in the case and further investigation is on. However, Patil later said, “We have not added section 124A. The judgment of the Supreme Court said that this section cannot be invoked because the matter related to it is already sub-judice in the court.

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The matter is in the Supreme Court

It is noteworthy that the Supreme Court in May had stayed the colonial-era sedition law till it was re-examined by an ‘appropriate’ government forum and asked the Center and the states to stop the sedition law. He was directed not to register a fresh FIR. A video had surfaced on social media, purportedly showing that ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogan was raised twice when agitating PFI workers were being dumped in a police vehicle.

Getting Deeper Of Videosf

The protest was organized against the recent nationwide raids on the organization and the arrest of its workers. Around 40 protesters were detained by the police during the demonstration. Patil had said earlier in the day that some videos are being circulated on social media and these are being thoroughly investigated. “The videos available on social media will be sent for forensic examination and we will take strict action,” he said.

State Home Minister Fadnavis had instructed to impose sedition

Earlier on Sunday, Maharashtra Home Minister Devendra Fadnavis had directed the Pune Police Commissioner to charge sedition. “We will not support such slogans,” he told reporters in Pune. Anti-India slogans will neither be tolerated in the state nor in the country. I have directed the Pune Police Commissioner to impose sedition section in the case.

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