Supreme Court orders stay on Ashis Nandy's arrest
New Delhi: Sociologist
Ashis Nandy, who had moved the Supreme Court seeking protection from
arrest after furore over an alleged anti-Dalit remark, has reason to
feel relieved. The top court today ordered a stay on his arrest.
A police complaint had been filed against Mr
Nandy by a local politician. Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati even
demanded his arrest. The Rajasthan police called Mr Nandy to Jaipur for
a panel discussion at the Jaipur Literary Festival on January 26, Mr
Nandy had said: "Most corrupt people come from the Other Backward
Classes, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes."
comment was widely criticised, he clarified that he was only trying to
make the point that corruption among Dalits was noticeable but among the
rich it wasn't.
Mr Nandy's lawyer has said that the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act has been misused against the sociologist and he had not said anything derogatory.