Amnesty India Project Manager said a right-wing student group filled a complaint and police filed charges, that mentions a number of offences, including sedition, unlawful assembly, rioting, and promoting enmity.
The human rights group Amnesty’s India manager Arijit Sen said they held a weekend event in Bangalore in which they discussed alleged rights abuses by Indian forces in Kashmir.
Mr Sen said no Amnesty staff or panelists were involved, and he slammed the decision to apply the colonial-era sedition charge created by the British to suppress Indian calls for independence.
He said Mahatma Gandhi had called the law the prince among political sections of the Indian Penal code, designed to suppress the liberty of the citizen.
Sen said it was ironic that rules written to hamper India’s own independence movement were being used to stifle free speech, and merely organising an event to defend constitutional values is now branded anti-India and being criminalized under an archaic India law,
A prominent journalist and writer who has chronicled sedition cases said there was little chance of this one succeeding. The Supreme court has made it clear that it does not matter how hateful your speech is, it does not alter as long a it does not add to provocation of imminent violence.
Controversial talk show host Arnab Goswami used his show to accuse Amnesty of ‘spreading national hatred’.