Actor turned politician Kamal Haasan is backing the 49 artists against whom an FIR was filed for sedition charges. He requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and revoke the charges against the artists. An FIR had been lodged in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district against 50 Bollywood celebrities who had written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi raising concerns over the growing cases of mob lynching in the country. The FIR was lodged in Muzaffarpur district under Indian Penal Code sections related to sedition, public nuisance, hurting religious feelings, and insulting with an intent to provoke breach of peace.
Kamal Haasan took to Twitter and urged PM Modi to quash the case against the celebrities and said that the charges of sedition contradicted PM Modi's ideology.
The Prime minister seeks a harmonius India. His statements in the parliament confirms it. Should not the state and it's law follow it in letter and spirit? 49 of my peers have been accused, of sedition, contradicting the PM's aspirations. (1/2)— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) October 8, 2019
I request as a citizen that Our Higher courts move in to uphold justice with Democracy and quash the case eminating from Bihar. (2/2)— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) October 8, 2019
The personalities included historian Ramachandra Guha, actor Konkana Sen Sharma, and filmmakers Mani Ratnam and Aparna Sen. In their letter to Modi in July, they had claimed that the 'Jai Shri Ram' slogan had become a 'provocative war cry' and the reason for a number of lynchings. Reportedly, they have been now accused of tarnishing 'the image of the country'.
The celebrities in their letter had demanded him to the stop of incidents of 'lynching of Muslims, Dalits, and other minorities', citing NCRB reports. They had also demanded immediate action against those propagating religious identity-based hate crimes. They had asked in their letter as to what action has been taken. "What action has been actually been taken against the perpetrators? We strongly feel that such offenses should be declared non-bailable, and that exemplary punishment should be meted out swiftly and surely," the letter read.