Political activist and former JNU students’ union leader Shehla Rashid on Friday was booked for sedition by the special cell of Delhi Police for her comments about alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir during the past month’s lockdown imposed after the repeal of special status. The complaint was filed by Supreme Court lawyer Alakh Alok Srivastava last month.
An FIR has been registered against her under sections 124-A (sedition), 153A (promoting enmity), 153 (provocation with intent to cause riot), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code for allegedly tweeting false information about army raids in the Kashmir Valley based on a complaint filed by Supreme Court lawyer Alakh Alok Srivastava.
Earlier the Supreme Court lawyer Alakh Alok Srivastava had filed a criminal complaint against Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement leader Shehla Rashid over her allegations on the situation in Kashmir. In his complaint, Srivastava sought Rashid’s arrest for allegedly spreading fake news against the Indian Army and Government of India.
In a series of tweets, Shehla Rashid on Sunday said, “People are saying that Jammu and Kashmir Police has no authority on law and order situation. They have been rendered powerless. Everything is in the hands of paramilitary forces. One SHO was transferred on complaint of a CRPF man. SHOs carrying batons. Service revolvers can’t be seen on them.”
According to the complaint filed, Srivastava stated that the allegations made by Rashid were Absolutely false, baseless and concocted. The Indian Army also rejected Shehla Rashid’s allegations regarding situation in Jammu and Kashmir and termed them “baseless”.