Soon after the Indian army called out the rumour-mongering by Shehla Rashid, a criminal complaint has been filed against former JNU student leader to the Delhi police. Supreme court lawyer Alak Alok Srivastava filed the complaint seeking arrest and registration of FIR against her for allegedly spreading fake news against Indian army and Government of India. The complainant alleged that she is spreading fake news to incite violence in the country. The complainant and lawyer Srivastava went on to allege that Rashid is maligning the image of our revered Indian Army Nationally as well as Internationally and attempting to create unrest in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and in other parts of the country. The complainant also added that she is attempting to promote disharmony, enmity, hatred, and ill-will between different groups and also to provoke breach of peace in our country.
The complainant alleged that she has intended to excite disaffection towards the Government of India, which is prima facie an offence of sedition under Section 124-A IPC. Shehla Rashid has further committed offences of ‘promoting enmity between the classes’ under Sections 153, 153-A, 504 and 505 of Indian Penal Code (“IPC”); Information Technology Act, 2002 and amongst others, Complaint copy further added.
Speaking to Republic TV, he said: "She has made serious allegations that are baseless against our esteemed reputed Indian army and she has made the allegations with sole intention to incite violence all over the country. The mention of name, place time is not there, there are no recordings of so-called toture that she is talking about, thus it proves her allegations are false."
"I am quite happy of the Republic's campaign against Twitter, in this case also Twitter is not taking action, I hope Twitter will take action. I am quite hopeful, I have apprised the Delhi Police also, it has wider ramification because foreign portals are retweeting her tweet. These things are portraying the wrong image of the country. A sensitive time is going on for the J&K and these things should not hamper situation," Supreme court lawyer Alak Alok Srivastava said.
According to ANI, the Indian Army rejected the 'baseless' claims of Shehla Rashid, the leader of Jammu & Kashmir People's Movement who alleged atrocities against Kashmir residents by the Forces.
The Armed forces called out the divisive attempts by 'inimical elements' to "incite the population" in Jammu and Kashmir, amid the ongoing circumstances in the valley with the abrogation of Article 370 and the consequent communication blockade still present in parts of the valley.
"Allegations levelled by Shehla Rashid are baseless and rejected. Such unverified and fake news is spread by inimical elements and organisations to incite unsuspecting population," the Army stated.