SC stays arrest of Ashis Nandy

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Ashis Nandyphoto: Rohit Jain Paras
Ashis Nandyphoto: Rohit Jain Paras

The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the arrest of sociologist Ashis Nandy for making remarks alleged to be anti-Dalit at the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF).

Though the bench stayed his arrest, it said “he can’t continue making statements like this. Whatever may be your intent you can’t go on making statements.”

“Tell your client he has no license to make such comments,” the bench told senior advocate Aman Lekhi who was appearing for 76-year-old Nandy.

The apex court issued notices and sought response of the Centre and the Rajasthan Government on a petition filed by Nandy seeking quashing of the FIR lodged against him for making the alleged statements at a literary festival.

“In the meantime, the petitioner (Nandy) will not be arrested in FIR filed in connection with the statement made by him at the JLF, on January 26,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir said.

The bench also told Nandy that statements “are to be made in a responsible manner“.PTI



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