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I am ready to go to jail, says Ashis Nandy

Agencies  New Delhi, January 29, 2013
First Published: 17:49 IST(29/1/2013) | Last Updated: 21:27 IST(29/1/2013)

Sociologist Ashis Nandy on Tuesday denied receiving any summons from Jaipur Police and said that he was ready to be jailed for his comment.

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"If at 75 I am tried under the atrocities act and convicted then I'll go to jail, I'll not contest it because I have worked for Dalits and adivasis for 45 years and I am not going to take this insult. I will go to jail," he said.

Jaipur Police on Tuesday issued a notice to Nandy asking him to appear before it in connection with his controversial remarks against SC and STs at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Jaipur Literature Festival producer Sanjoy Roy is also likely to be questioned by poice today.

"We served summons to the organiser but he was busy with the event so he could not turn up yesterday but has been called today for further investigation," a police officer said.

"We will also record the statement of the complainant Rajpal Meena," he said.

The officer said notice has been issued to Nandy and police would record his statement.

Additional commissioner of police Biju George Joseph had said on Monday that the organisers were asked to remain in the city as a probe is going on against Nandy for his comments that people belonging to OBCs, SCs and STs were the most corrupt, remarks over which he has expressed regrets.

Roy had said yesterday, "I have signed the papers on behalf of the JLF team to comply with the orders."

An FIR was lodged against Nandy and Roy last Saturday by Rajpal Meena, Chairperson of the SC/ST Rajasthan Manch, after Nandy stoked a controversy with his comments.

However, Nandy got some backing from various quarters.

Dalit author Kancha Ilaiah, said it was "a bad statement with good intentions".

"Prof Ashis Nandy made a bad statement with good intentions, however, as far as I know he was never against reservation. The controversy should end here," Ilaiah had said in a statement.

(With PTI inputs)


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