Thursday, January 31, 2013

Supreme Court orders stay on Nandy's arrest -NDTV

Supreme Court orders stay on Ashis Nandy's arrest

New DelhiSociologist 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.

During 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."

After his 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.

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 questioning.

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.


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