Sedition FIR registered against Lakshadweep filmmaker Aisha Sultana

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Lakshadweep filmmaker Aisha Sultana has been named in a case of sedition and hates speech for her comments criticizing Administer Praful Khoda Patel’s Covid handling and calling him a “bio-weapon” sent by the Centre. The FIR was filed on the complaint of the BJP’s chief in the Union Territory.

Aisha Sultana had, during a news debate on a regional channel, blamed Covid cases in the island on Praful Patel’s decisions and remarked that the Centre had used “bio-weapon” against Lakshadeep. The Administrator has been accused of doing away with quarantine protocols that were a must for people to enter Lakshadweep.

“Lakshadweep had zero cases of COVID-19. Now it is reporting a daily spike of 100 cases. What the Centre has deployed is a bioweapon,” she had said on a Malayalam TV debate earlier this week,” she had said on a Malayalam TV debate earlier this week.

The comment had BJP workers protesting on the streets; C Abdul Khader Haji, the BJP’s Lakshadweep chief, complained to the police accusing her of anti-national” comments “tarnishing the patriotic image of the central government.”

Aisha Sultana has been strongly criticizing the Administrator’s controversial decisions, which have spurred protests and anger in the islands.

The filmmaker defended her comments on Facebook: “They have filed a sedition case against me but I want to reiterate that truth will continue my fight for the land where I was born. We don’t fear anyone. My voice is going to be louder now,” she wrote.

Praful Patel, who was appointed Lakshadweep Administrator in December, has been facing protests over a series of decisions that he insists will help develop Lakshadweep as a major tourist draw to match the  Maldives.