Delhi Lieutenant Governor V. K. Saxena on Tuesday gave the green light for the prosecution of acclaimed author Suzanna Arundhati Roy and scholar Sheikh Showkat Hussain regarding a First Information Report (FIR) registered in 2010. The FIR was filed in response to their provocative remarks on the Kashmir issue.
Suzanna Arundhati Roy, whose full name is Suzanna Arundhati Roy, is an Indian author best known for her novel “The God of Small Things,” which won the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997 and became the best-selling book by a non-expatriate Indian author.
In addition to her literary accomplishments, she is also a political activist deeply involved in human rights and environmental causes.
In 2010, Suzanna Arundhati Roy made headlines when she stated, “Kashmir is not an integral part of India and it never was.” Her statement sparked controversy and led to legal proceedings against her and others involved.
At the time, Delhi Police, under the Congress-led government, had submitted in court that they found no grounds to pursue charges against Suzanna Arundhati Roy and the co-accused. However, the court expressed dissatisfaction with the initial report, citing prima facie cogent evidence against the accused, and requested a more detailed investigation.
Now, after 13 years since the FIR was originally registered, the current Lieutenant Governor, V.K. Saxena, has sanctioned the prosecution of Suzanna Arundhati Roy. This decision has reignited discussions about freedom of speech, the legal aspects of such statements, and the timing of the prosecution.
Suzanna Arundhati Roy celebrated for her literary contributions and social activism, is expected to contest the prosecution vigorously. Meanwhile, the case involving Sheikh Showkat Hussain is also set to progress as the legal proceedings move forward.
The trial proceedings will be closely watched, with many eagerly awaiting the legal verdict on this decade-old controversy. Stay tuned for further updates on this story as it unfolds.