The Madras High Court on Tuesday told the Tamil Nadu police that no action should be taken against TTV Dinakaran in a sedition case filed against him. The order comes as a relief to Dinakaran who faced arrest in the case.
17 people including TTV Dinakaran will not face any action of the charges against them till October 24 when the court will resume hearing in the matter. The Salem police had registered FIRs against Dinakaran and his supporters for distributing pamphlets allegedly bearing anti-government statements.
Despite the Supreme Court observation that criticism of the government does not constitute sedition, the Salem police had, last week, filed cases under multiple charges including 124 A for sedition, 153 promoting enmity, 500 for defamation, 504 intentional insults and 506 (2) for criminal intimidation against Dinakaran supporters.
Dinakaran was booked despite not being physically present at the venue of where pamphlets were being distributed. In his complaint, AIADMK leader Saravanan has alleged that September 29, a group of Dinakaran supporters distributed pamphlets to the public outside a venue where Palanisamy was present for an event. The pamphlet is said to have contained misleading information about National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). The complainant has alleged that the pamphlet was instigating in nature and urged people to protest against the government.