A petition seeking a sedition case against AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi was filed in a court in Meerut even as BJP and JD(U) on Sunday demanded action against him and his immediate arrest.
The petition was filed over the issue of AIMIM providing help to youths arrested by the NIA on charges of involvement in an alleged ISIS terror module.
Anil Kumar Bakshi, a member of UP Bar Council, in his petition seeking registration of a case against Owaisi for alleged offences including sedition charge alleged his remarks amounted to treason and promoted terrorism.
“Owaisi’s remark also shows that he is supporting terrorism,” he alleged.
Bakshi said he filed a complaint on Saturday with additional chief judicial magistrate (ACJM) seeking filing of cases under IPC sections 114 (abetting the crime), 115 (abetment of offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life), 117 (abetting commission of offence), 121 (waging war against the country), 121A (conspiracy to commit offences punishable by section 121), 124A (sedition), 131 (abetting mutiny), 132 (abetment of mutiny), and 200 (using as true such declaration knowing it to be false).
Besides, sections 153 (promoting enmity between different groups), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 153A (act of promoting enmity between different groups), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code were also mentioned in the complaint.
The hearing on the complaint will be held on July 6, said the court.
Owaisi had said on Friday his party would provide legal help to the youths arrested by the NIA on charges of involvement in an alleged ISIS terror module, but asserted his party does not support terrorism.
Slamming Owaisi over his decision to provide legal help to men arrested by NIA for allegedly being members of an ISIS module, the BJP accused him of “betraying” the country and sought action against him for “helping” the terror group.
Telangana BJP MLA T Raja Singh demanded immediate arrest of the Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad and asked the TRS government to register a sedition case against the leader of the Hyderabad-based party. JD(U) spokesperson Ajay Alok also demanded that Owaisi be put behind bars.
Owaisi on his part said the offer of legal help was being “blown out of proportion” and that the courts can take a view.
In Hyderabad, Telangana BJP MLA T Raja Singh also demanded that the Centre derecognise the MIM party. “Think over it... I request the chief minister(of Telangana) to ban MIM party and book sedition case against Asaduddin and arrest him immediately,” he told reporters.