Court rejects sedition plea against Kejriwal, others

A city court on Thursday dismissed three applications for registration of FIR against activist Arvind Kejriwal, yoga guru Baba Ramdev and advocate Prashant Bhushan for their alleged remarks against MPs and supporting plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir.

Metropolitan Magistrate Purshottam Pathak dismissed complaints seeking directions to the Delhi Police to book Kejriwal, Ramdev and Bhushan on charges of sedition.

The complaints had been filed by one Vibhor Anand alleging that Kejriwal had triggered a political storm by announcing at a rally in Ghaziabad early this year that Parliament had "murderers, rapists and dacoits" as its members, Anand had sought registration of FIR against Bhushan on charges of sedition for his alleged remarks supporting plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir and for withdrawal of the Army from the Valley.

The complaint against Ramdev had alleged that he had made derogatory remarks "against Parliamentarians who are running the system of the country and had attacked MPs, calling them dacoits and murderers, which amounts to sedition".

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