A criminal complaint has been filed against senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Saifuddin Soz for issuing seditious statements against Indian Army.
The complainant in the case has mentioned that the derogatory statements were aimed at demoralising Indian Army and military, along with inciting impressionable minds to wage war against the country.
The complainant, Dr Shashi Bhushan, has sought cognizance against both accused persons and issue of summons under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 124-A (sedition) of and 505(1) (spreading rumour about army/navy/air force official which is likely to cause mutiny) of the IPC.
Saifuddin Soz had triggered a massive controversy for backing former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s stance on Kashmir and then escalated troubles for himself and his party, after making another claim, saying Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, had offered Kashmir to Pakistan in exchange of Hyderabad.
Prior to this, Ghulam Nabi Azad had allegedly said in a TV interview on June 22 :
"Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir was killing more civilians than terrorists during military operations in the state."
Following this, terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) had backed and praised the Congress while criticising the Governor’s rule in Kashmir. The outfit chief Mahmood Shah in an e-mailed statement said that Lashkar is of the same opinion of the Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and other Congress leaders. He also said that by imposing Governor’s rule in Kashmir, massacre of innocents have been committed.
The complaint has now accused the former J and K Chief Minister of spreading hatred and trying to malign the country's image