Activist seeks action against Rahul Gandhi, Arundhati Roy

Thursday, October 28, 2010

CHANDIGARH - Human rights activist and lawyer Arvind Thakur Thursday said he filed a petition in a local court here seeking action against Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi and Booker Prize winner writer Arundhati Roy for giving “inflammatory” speeches.

“We have filed a joint petition against Rahul Gandhi and Arundhati Roy in the district court here today (Thursday). The petition has been admitted in the court and it would be heard tomorrow (Friday),” Thakur, who heads NGO Global Human Rights Council, told IANS.

“Campaigning in Bihar, Rahul Gandhi had compared RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) with SIMI (Student Islamic Movement of India), which is a banned organisation. This was the tactic to win vote bank and highly unconstitutional as it could even lead to riots,” he added.

Arundhati Roy is already facing the wrath from various quarters over her controversial remarks on Kashmir. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had also demanded her arrest and said that the language used by her was objectionable and amounted to an attack on the country’s integrity.

“During her recent speech, Arundhati Roy had said that Kashmir was never an integral part of India. She is quite biased and radical. She had also supported the movement of naxalites and Maoists in her speech and said that their path of violence was appropriate,” Thakur said.

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