About 50 signatories of the letter were accused of allegedly tarnishing the image of the country and questioning the motives of the prime minister.
An FIR has been lodged on Thursday, against 49 celebrities including stalwarts like Ramchandra Guha, Mani Ratnam and Apart Sen for writing an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, raising their concerns over growing incidents of mob lynching across the nation.
The case was filed after the order was passed by Chief judicial magistrate Surya Kant Tiwari two months ago on a petition filed by advocate Sudhir Kumar Jha. He said nearly 50 signatories of the letter were accused in the petition filed. The petition alleges that the signatories have “tarnished the image of the country and undermined the performance of the prime minister.
The FIR was lodged under sections of the Indian Penal Code which are related to sedition, public nuisance, hurting religious sentiments and making an attempt to instigate breach of peace.
The letter has been penned by eminent personalities like Mani Ratnam, Anurag Kashyap, Shyam Benegal, Soumitra Chatterjee, Shubha Mudgal and Aparna Sen to name a few.
The letter stated that the lynchings of Dalits, Muslims, and other minority communities must be stopped immediately while emphasizing on the fact that there is no democracy without dissent. They also said that Jai Shri Ram had been reduced to a provocative war cry.