Bidar Sedition case in Karnataka High Court

On Friday, the Karnataka State government said to Karnataka High Court that the matter regarding police officers interrogating minor students at Shaheen school, Bidar while wearing uniforms and firearms, has been forwarded to Director General and Inspector General of Police (DGP and IG) for initiating disciplinary action against erring officers.

The State has to file a fresh affidavit regarding the stage of the departmental inquiry initiated by the State.

While hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) the court concerns regarding questioning of minor students over a play staged by them in relation to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

Further, the Court had also asked the State government to issue directions and to ensure that such violation of rights of children does not happen again by the Police officers .

However, the court observed that the affidavit filed by the State government was silent on the issue and further granted four weeks time for the State government to abide with the same.

The origin of the case was in a complaint filed by a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) alleging that a play staged by classes 4, 5 and 6 students of Shaheen School on the CAA and National Register of Citizens (NRC) contained dialogue that insulted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Thereafter, the State Police authorities had filed an FIR against the management of the school.

The school administration promoted the spreading of false information about the newly passed CAA, circulate negative opinions about the Parliament’s laws among students, and also supplied with communal tension. These all were contributed as main allegations against school administration.

Afterwards, the Headmistress and a mother of a student were arrested but later they were released on bail. Also the school management successfully obtained anticipatory bail from the district court in Bidar.

Next the matter will be heard on October 21.

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