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Govt may not take action against Roy, Geelani

By Samyuktha

Arundati Roy
New Delhi, Oct 27: Quoting highly placed sources, several media reports have indicated that the Centre may not be taking action against writer-activist, Arundati Roy and Kashmiri separatist, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, for making 'anti-India' statements.

The Centre had earlier suggested that Roy and Geelani may be facing charges of sedition for remarks made at a seminar, 'Azadi—The Only Way", on Oct 21.

Amid the demands for the duo's arrests from parties like Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Home Minister, P Chidambaram, had asked the Delhi police to look into the matter to see if Roy's speeches violated any law.

However, by late Tuesday, Oct 26, the Congress wondered why a writer's views were given so much importance in the media, setting a tone for what to expect next - an extremely cautious approach.

Now, speculations are rife that no action will be taken against the Booker-prize winning author and the hardline separatist chief Hurriyat chief.

The final decision on the action or inaction will be a highly political one with the involvement of Home Ministry and Veerappa Moily-led Law Ministry.

As per reports, P Chidambaram is expected to speak on the matter soon.

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