Owaisi in dock as Delhi Court seeks status report on ATR

New Delhi: A Delhi Court on Tuesday sought an Action Taken Report (ATR) from the police on a criminal complaint requesting the registration of an FIR against AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi for his alleged sedition offences.

The police has been asked to file its ATR by May 7.

The complaint was filed before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Munish Markan.

The development comes after Owaisi allegedly made a statement earlier this month that “even if somebody puts a knife at me, I will not say ‘Bharat Mata ki jai'”

The complainant in his complaint alleged that on March 13, Owaisi had voluntarily said, “Even if somebody puts a knife at me, I will not say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and his expression showed ‘disaffection and includes disloyalty and all feeling of enmity.’

The petitioner had sought a direction to the SHO Karawal Nagar Police Station to lodge an FIR against Owaisi for the alleged offences under Sections 124A (sedition) and 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race etc) of the Indian Penal Code. (ANI)