Rajasthan HC stays arrest of JLF organiser

Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) organisers on Tuesday got interim relief from Rajasthan High Court which stayed the arrest of the event producer Sanjoy Roy in connection with author Ashis Nandy’s controversial remarks regarding Dalits. As per the court’s directive, the police will have to serve a notice seven days in advance before the arrest of Roy in the case. The court also stayed the orders of Jaipur police directing Roy and executive producer Sheuli Sethi to not leave the city till investigation in the case is over.
However, it directed them to cooperate with the police in the investigation. The petition was filed on Monday in Jaipur bench of the High Court seeking quashing of the FIR which was lodged last week by a local activist in connection with remarks of sociologist Ashis Nandy against ST, SC and OBC communities. Roy along with Nandy is named in the FIR filed under section 506 of IPC (criminal intimidation) and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes(Prevention of Atrocities) Act with Ashok Nagar police station last week.