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Kejriwal and Imran Khan Also on Target List of Bihar Lawyer Behind Sedition Case Against 49 Celebs

Ojha said he will file a petition against Kejriwal for his statement that "people from outside" are landing up in Delhi to avail free medical benefits, and had singled out people from Bihar.

Rounak Kumar Gunjan | News18.com@Rounak_T

Updated:October 6, 2019, 9:48 PM IST
Kejriwal and Imran Khan Also on Target List of Bihar Lawyer Behind Sedition Case Against 49 Celebs
Sudhir Kumar Ojha (Photo taken from Facebook)

New Delhi: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is next on the radar of Muzaffarpur-based advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha, whose PIL against 49 celebrities for writing a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi had led to the filing of a sedition case against them.

A serial litigant, Ojha said he will file a petition against Kejriwal for his "Bihar comment". "It was very irresponsible,” said Ojha in a conversation with News18.

He was referring to the statement made by Kejriwal while he was praising the improved healthcare facilities in the national capital on September 30.

The Delhi CM had said that "people from outside" are landing up in Delhi to avail free medical benefits meant for those living in Delhi, and singled out people from Bihar.

"The situation is such that a person from Bihar buys a ticket to Delhi for Rs. 500 and returns after availing free treatment worth Rs. 5 lakh. It makes us happy as they are people of our own country, but Delhi has its own capacity," Kejriwal had said.

Ojha, who claims to have filed as many as 745 PILs since he started his law practice in 1996 has also moved the local court against Pakistan PM’s statement.

“The Pakistan prime minister’s statement with regards to use of nuclear weapons against India was an indirect call for war,” Ojha said.

Khan had on 26 September warned of a ‘potential nuclear war’ at the UN General Assembly. “My main reason for coming here was to meet world leaders at the UN and speak about this. We are heading for a potential disaster of proportions that no one here realises,” Khan had said. “It is the only time since the Cuban crisis that two nuclear-armed countries are coming face-to-face. We did come to face to face in February,” he had added.

Ojha is the same man who had filed a PIL against 49 celebrities for writing a letter to PM Modi. An FIR was lodged on Thursday against the noted personalities, including Ramchandra Guha, Mani Ratnam, Aparna Sen and Shyam Benengal, for an open letter in July raising concern over the growing incidents of mob lynching.

“I would have had no problem if the letter was not publicised in the media. They did it only to tarnish the image of the country and that of the Prime Minister. The letter had raised issues regarding Muslims, Dalits and other minority groups. It was an attempt at causing internal conflict in the country,” he said.

In 2007, Ojha had filed a PIL against the makers of film Dhoom 2 for a kissing scene, while in 2013, he had filed a PIL against Amitabh Bachchan for promoting Maggi, which he said was hazardous to health.

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, MNS chief Raj Thackeray are among those against whom Ojha has filed PILs.

“Why did they not write when violence in Kashmir happened earlier? Why did they not when riots happened in Gujarat? Why nothing when Mumbai was under siege? Why at such a time when the country is doing so well and the Prime Minister is being loved by all?” questioned Ojha.

He also accused them of undermining the “impressive performance of the Prime Minister" besides "supporting secessionist tendencies".

According to police, the FIR was lodged under sections of the Indian Penal Code, including those relating to sedition, public nuisance, hurting religious feelings and insulting with an intent to provoke breach of peace.

In July this year, 49 noted personalities, including filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, Shyam Benegal, Mani Ratnam, actor Konkona Sen Mitra, historian Ramachandra Guha, had written to PM Modi raising the issue of mob lynching and had said the lynching of Muslims, Dalits and other minorities must be stopped and had said there was "no democracy without dissent".The letter also noted that the 'Jai Shri Ram' slogan was reduced to a "provocative war cry".

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