The controversy surrounding Bollywood actor Aamir Khan over his ‘growing intolerance’ remarks made recently in New Delhi refuses to die down, as an Indore-based lawyer on Thursday filed a petition before district court charging him of sedition against Government of India.
The petition filed by advocate Ashok Soni was admitted by additional chief judicial magistrate Hitendra Kushwaha, and posted the matter for hearing on December 3.
Soni said, “The actor’s recent remarks on intolerance threaten to create a sense of fear within the society as it has the potential of causing unrest among communities.”
The court has admitted the petition filed under section 124 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) - which reads -- whoever, by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation, or otherwise, brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the Government established by law shall be punished with imprisonment for life.
“Aamir Khan’s intolerance remarks send a message that India is inherently an intolerant nation. His comments attempts to bring hatred towards the Government of India, and fuel discontent among communities and amounts to sedition,” said Soni.
The actor attracted flak from various sections when he said at an event in New Delhi recently that his wife, Kiran Rao, had suggested leaving the country in the wake of recent happenings, viewed by many, as incidents of growing intolerance.