Aisha Sultana moves Kerala HC seeking anticipatory bail
Kochi: Lakshadweep native Filmmaker Aisha Sultana approached Kerala high court seeking anticipatory bail as she was booked on sedition charges recently.
Aisha pointed out in the plea that the sedition charge slapped on her is invalid. She filed the plea fearing arrest when she reached Kavaratti in Lakshadweep. The plea was filed via a leading advocate and it will be considered on Tuesday.
The complaint was filed by the BJP's Lakshadweep unit president Abdul Khader. Aisha Sultana hails from Chetiath island in Lakshadweep.
According to the FIR lodged by the Kavaratti police, a case under sections 124 A (sedition) and 153 B (hate speech) of the Indian Penal code has been registered against the filmmaker.
In his complaint filed with the Kavaratti police on Wednesday, Khader said Sultana, during a debate in a Malayalam TV channel, had alleged that the Central government used biological weapons for the spread of COVID-19 in Lakshadweep.
The BJP leader, in his complaint, has alleged that Sultana's was an anti-national act, which tarnished the “patriotic image” of the central government.
However, Aisha Sultana reacted to this that she was booked on sedition charges for protesting against Administrator Praful Patel's anti-people reforms in the island.
(With inputs from PTI)