FMP calls for contempt action against police for arresting Teltumbde
A Pune court exposed the police’s mischief in arresting scholar, writer and columnist Anand Teltumbde on February 2 in the controversial Bhima Koregaon case in violation of the Supreme Court’s embargo till February 11. The Foundation for Media Professionals welcomes the Pune court’s ruling that not only was the arrest illegal but it also amounted to contempt of the order of the Supreme Court.
The Foundation calls on the Supreme Court to take the logical follow-up action of initiating contempt action against all the officers instrumental in arresting Teltumbde. It also urges the Supreme Court to undertake a suo motu review of its own ruling on the PIL filed by Romila Thapar and four other eminent persons questioning the very validity of the Bhima Koregaon case and the arbitrary recourse to the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act under the guise of cracking down on Maoists. The latest instance of highhandedness in the case comes as further evidence of the high-level conspiracy to muzzle dissenters, especially those sympathetic to Dalits.
Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, President
Manoj Mitta, Director