Tharoor, Rajdeep, other journalists booked over Delhi violence posts


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FIR lodged on the basis of a complaint that alleged social media posts by the accused were responsible for violence during 26 Jan tractor rally by farmers in Delhi.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, TV anchor Rajdeep Sardesai, other journalists booked for sedition in Uttar Pradesh over social media posts on Delhi violence.

An unidentified person lodged as FIR at the Sector 20 police station. The FIR alleged that “digital broadcast” and “social media posts” by these people were responsible for the violence during a tractor rally by farmers in the national capital.

The journalists named in the FIR are Mrinal Pande, Rajdeep Sardesai, Vinod Jose, Zafar Agha, Paresh Nath and Anant Nath.

An unidentified person has also been named in the FIR. The FIR has been lodged under Indian Penal Code sections 124A (sedition), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (criminal intimidation), 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), 120B (criminal conspiracy), among others. They have also been booked under relevant provisions of the Information Technology Act.

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