The Hush Post| 17:49 pm|one-minute-read|
An FIR has been filed against the Zee News Editor-in Chief Sudhir Chaudhary at the Kozhikode Kasaba police station in Kerala.
The FIR is based on a complaint which accuses him of spreading religious animosity and hurting sentiments of the Muslim community in connection with a programme which was aired on Zee News. The programme was broadcast on March 11.
The news programme anchored by Chaudhary on March 11 focused on different kinds of ‘jihad’, using a flow-chart table.
The case was filed against Chaudhary under non-bailable section 295 A of the IPC. The complaint was filed by Advocate P Gavas. Gavas is the state joint secretary of the All India Youth Federation (AIYF). AIYF is the youth wing of the CPI in Kerala.
Gavas said he decided to file the complaint against the anchor after watching a clip of the programme sent by a friend two days after it aired.
He said that he consulted the AIYF state leadership before he filed the complaint. The complaint was filed on March 17.
Chaudhary allegedly targeted country’s Muslims to raise religious tension
The complaint was sent to Kerala DGP Lokanath Behera and copies forwarded to the Kozhikode Police commissioner and the Home Minister.
In the complaint, Gavas alleged that Chaudhary targeted the country’s Muslims. He allegedly tried to raise religious tension and create fissures between different communities.
According to an Indian Express report, following the registration of the FIR, Gavas reportedly said he got calls from the Zee management, including from journalists across the country, inquiring why he made such a move. “They asked me about my motives behind filing a complaint and why I did so in Kerala. Initially, they did not know that I was attached to a political organisation. It’s natural. They wanted to know my version of the matter which I was not ready to do. I am not obligated to inform them about my stand,” he said.