Writer Badri Seshadri arrested for ‘provocative’ remarks on Chief Justice of India, Manipur

Chennai ,UPDATED: Jul 29, 2023 11:29 IST

By Pramod Madhav: The Tamil Nadu Police on Saturday arrested political analyst and author Badri Seshadri, for his alleged ‘provocative’ remarks on Manipur violence and Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud, throughout an interview on YouTube.

According to the police, Seshadri was arrested underneath Sections 153, 153A and 505(1)(B).

In the interview, Seshadri mentioned, “The Supreme Court has said that if you (government) cannot do anything, we (the court) will. Let’s give a gun to Chandrachud and send him there. Let’s see if he can restore peace.”

Further, Seshadri had mentioned, “It’s a hilly and complex region and murders will happen there. We can’t stop the violence from happening.”

Details of the First Information Report (FIR), accessed by India Today, acknowledged the grievance towards Seshadri was filed by advocate Kaviyarasu.

In the grievance, the advocate acknowledged that he noticed the YouTube interview clip on July 22, whereby Seshadri had criticised the Supreme Court and CJI Chandrachud.

Meanwhile, BJP state president Annamalai condemned Seshadri’s arrest and mentioned the DMK authorities is relying solely on arrests.

“Tamil Nadu BJP strongly condemns the arrest of renowned publisher and stage speaker Badri Seshadri by the Tamil Nadu Police early this morning. This corrupt DMK government is relying only on arrests without power to address the views of the common people. Is the Tamil Nadu Police’s job only to enforce the revenge measures of the corrupt DMK government?,” Annamalai tweeted.

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