A sedition case was registered on Friday against AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi over his statement that he would provide legal aid to five Hyderabad-based persons, who were recently arrested by NIA on charges of involvement in an alleged IS terror module.
"It's a court referred matter based on a private complaint. The court directed the Saroor Nagar police to book a case and accordingly the case was booked under section 124A (sedition)," Deputy Commissioner of Police (L B Nagar Zone) Tafseer Iqubal told PTI.
K Karuna Sagar, a practising advocate, had on Thursday filed the private complaint in the 11th Metropolitan Magistrate court and sought for directions to the police to register a case under section 124A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code.
"We will follow the procedure and investigate and submit a report to the court. We will proceed with investigation," Iqubal said.
Sagar had on July 3 lodged a complaint with Saroor Nagar Police in the city and sought registration of sedition case against the 47-year-old politician, who has had run-ins with law in the past over his "hate" speeches.
Saroor Nagar Police did not register the case then and sought legal advise on the issue, following which the advocate approached a local court to file a complaint.
In the complaint, Sagar alleged that "the stand of Asaduddin Owaisi and his remarks is boosting the morale of anti-nationals and giving oxygen to terrorists. Owaisi is directly or indirectly helping the ISIS which had come up with a video in which it threatened to target India and this is betrayal of the country".
In the complaint, he further claimed "the revelations of the arrested accused to carry out terror attacks on police stations, religious places, prominent persons from right wing organisations is shocking."
The conspiracy has been foiled. But, Asaduddin Owaisi talks of providing legal aid to five IS suspects arrested by the NIA amounts to treason, promotes terrorism and further the remarks of Owaisi has boosted the morale of anti-nationals, the complainant alleged and had sought to take appropriate legal action against Asaduddin.