Political commentator and publisher Badri Seshadri was arrested from his Chennai residence early Saturday over remarks on the Supreme Court and Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud in connection with the Manipur violence.
Seshadri was taken from his home in Mylapore to Perambalur district where he was produced before the Kunnam magistrate, and remanded in judicial custody until August 11.
Perambalur SP C Shyamaladevi said a team from the Kunnam police station, where the FIR was registered, made the arrest.
An officer probing the case said Seshadri’s video interview, which was uploaded on YouTube on July 22, led to an FIR on a complaint from B Kaviarasu, a lawyer practising in Perambalur.
In the video, Seshadri said, the “Supreme Court is acting as if it is a big…. I don’t know what to call it… a revolver should be given to (CJI) Chandrachud… ask him to go to Manipur and bring peace there… Can you even intrude into the government’s jurisdiction? What blame are you finding against the government there? Two groups are fighting… It is hilly terrain… moreover, such a complex land….” The video was released by the ‘Aadhan’ YouTube channel.
The charges pressed against Seshadri include IPC sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 505 (1) (b) (intent to cause fear or alarm to the public).
Seshadri, 58, is the founder of Kizhakku Pathippagam, one of the leading publishers in Tamil Nadu. While he is known for his opinions in favour of right wing parties and organisations, he is not far removed from the ruling party either.Advertisement
After the DMK came to power, Seshadri was part of the advisory council of the government’s Tamil Internet Education Council. He was dropped in October 2022 for his critical remarks on social media about DMK founder C N Annadurai.Most Read 1 Bigg Boss OTT 2 Finale Live Updates: Elvish Yadav wins Salman Khan’s show, Abhishek Malhan shares message from hospital 2 Happy Independence Day 2023: Wishes Images, Whatsapp Messages, Status, Quotes, and Photos 3 Happy Independence Day 2023: Wishes, images, quotes, status, messages, photos, and greetings cards 4 Gadar 2 box office collection day 4: Sunny Deol film records biggest Monday collections of all time, nets a total of Rs 173 cr 5 Bigg Boss OTT 2 finale: Alia Bhatt wanted to hide outside Bigg Boss sets to hug Pooja Bhatt after the show ended, says Mahesh Bhatt
After violence erupted in Manipur, Seshadri criticised Tamil writers who held the Central government responsible for the situation there.
Tamil Nadu BJP president K Annamalai condemned Seshadri’s arrest, accusing the DMK government of suppressing free speech.Also ReadNarendra Modi Independence Day Speech Live Updates: India now identified ...Govt SOP for Judges: Do not name officials for court panelsFull text | President Droupadi Murmu’s speech on the eve of 77th Independ...Shivaji statue vandalised in Goa, police initiate inquiryAdvertisement
“The DMK government is unable to respond to the opinions of ordinary people and is resorting to arrests,” Annamalai said.