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Markandey Katju booked under sedition charges for ‘package deal’ offering Bihar along with Kashmir to Pakistan

Fuming anger over the remarks of former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju offering Kashmir to Pakistan on the condition that it takes Bihar too has led to the former jurist being booked under charges of

India TV News Desk, Patna [ Updated: September 28, 2016 18:54 IST ]
Markandey Katju
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Fuming anger over the remarks of former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju offering Kashmir to Pakistan on the condition that it takes Bihar too has led to the former jurist being booked under charges of sedition.

Katju has been booked under 124-A (sedition) and other sections of IPC, said Birendra Pratap, SHO of Shashtrinagar police station in Patna.

JD(U) MLC and its state spokesman Neeraj Kumar had last evening lodged a complaint in the police station here against Katju seeking his prosecution for alleged sedition .

Meanwhile, lawyer Arvind Kumar, filed a petition in the court of Patna Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Om Prakash against Katju. Katju had hit back at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his critical remarks and churned out more taunting posts.

The complaint sought registration of a case under sections 124 (A) (sedition), 500 (Punishment for defemation), 501 (Printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory and 505 (Statements conducting to public mischief) of IPC.

The date for hearing the plea is yet to be decided.

Katju's comments on Facebook about Bihar have drawn sharp criticism here.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had ridiculed him for trying to become 'Mai-Baap' (guardian) of the state.

His comments had also invited the wrath of Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Prasad Yadav, former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and JD(U) leaders K C Tyagi and Shyam Rajak among others.

Though Katju had sought to backtrack yesterday after a barrage of protests by writing on his Facebook account "I was only joking about Bihar" but today he again continued with his jibes on the social media.

"I suggest Biharis should take their complaint against me to the U.N.

"When 'cheer haran' of Draupadi was being done, she appealed to Lord Krishna to save her honour," Katju wrote on his Facebook post today.

"Nitish Kumar says that I regard myself as the ' mai baap' of Bihar. No Nitishji, I am not the 'mai baap' of Biharis but their Shakuni Mama," he wrote in an another post.

(With inputs from PTI)

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