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Scribe charged with sedition over FB post

Chhattisgarh police have booked a journalist, under sedition charges for sharing an allegedly inflammatory and defamatory cartoon on judiciary on a social media site.

Kamal Shukla, a senior journalist based in Kanker district of Bastar, was known for his reports on human rights violation of tribals in the Bastar region.

“An FIR has been registered against Kamal Shukla under section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The FIR has been registered on a complaint filed by a Rajasthan resident who objected to Mr. Shukla’s Facebook post. We will now investigate the case before taking any action,” Kanker district Superintendent of Police K.L.Dhruv told The Hindu.

However, the post, for which Mr. Shukla had been booked, was not available on his Facebook page. he denied deleting the post.

“It was a cartoon onJudiciary and politicians which I had shared after the Supreme Court’s judgment on Judge Loya’s suspicious death. Facebook seems to have deleted it from their side. I am searching for the cartoon and I will share it again. How can the authorities be so intolerant? I just expressed my thoughts on the condition of judiciary today,” said Mr. Shukla who runs a weekly and a web portal named Bhumkal Samachar.

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