SC agrees to hear Ashis Nandy's plea

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) The Supreme Court will Friday hear a petition by sociologist Ashis Nandy seeking the quashing of a police case filed against him by the Rajasthan government for alleged remarks linking Dalits to corruption.

Nandy was booked Saturday for his comment made at the recently-concluded Jaipur Literature Festival session.

The apex court bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir, Justice Anil R. Dave and Justice Vikramajit Sen decided to take up Friday the plea by the academician after it was mentioned by counsel Aman Lekhi before the bench.

The petition sought the quashing of any other first information report (FIR) registered across India "arising out of or in relation to the comments and statements of the petitioner...."

An FIR was registered against Nandy at a police station in Jaipur under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act (SC/ST Act) and a section of the Indian Penal Code.

Seeking to restrain Rajasthan Police from taking any coercive action against him, Nandy said that in the remarks attributed to him there was "no malafide intent or purpose on his part to make a comment in order to insult or intimidate with intent to humiliate a member of SC or ST in any place within public view".

Nandy urged the apex court to issue direction to the authorities for taking "appropriate steps to protect" his physical well-being.

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