Days after Lakshadweep police registered a case of sedition against model Aisha Sultana for her seditious remarks, Kerala Minister V Sivankutty has stoked a controversy by expressing his solidarity with the controversial model-turned-activist.
In an audio clip that has gone viral on social media, speaking to Aisha Sultana over the phone, Kerala Minister Sivankutty said that the Kerala government extends its support to her and asked her to be brave. The Kerala Minister demanded that the case against Sultana must be withdrawn and called the model a popular face of the struggle against the “dictatorial and fascist” policies of the Lakshadweep administration.
Kerala’s Education Minister V. Shivankutty talking to Aisha Sulthana who is facing criminal proceedings after her anti-national remarks, the case is subjudice but he is saying that central govt is against her and assuring all support. A world we live pic.twitter.com/yxOLDGR64F— Rocket Scientist 🇮🇳 (@Rockumon) June 12, 2021
Earlier, Lakshadweep police had registered a case of sedition against controversial actor and model Aisha Sultana for claiming that the Modi government had used Covid-19 as a “bio-weapon” against the people of Lakshadweep Islands. A case under IPC Sections 124 A (sedition) and 153 B (hate speech) was filed against Aisha Sultana based on a complaint from BJP’s Lakshadweep unit president C Abdul Khader Haji.
Coming out in support of Lakshadweep filmmaker Aisha Sultana, Kerala Minister said the actor-turned-model need not worry about the case as she has Kerala government’s support. In the audio clip that has gone viral now, the Kerala minister was heard speaking to Aisha Sultana.
During his conversation, the Kerala Minister said that he has accessed all the information about the case and said the case against the case was a strange situation as such cases are unprecedented in any part of country.
As the actress claimed that the Lakshadweep administration would arrest her, the Kerala Minister said that the BJP would not hesitate to do such things as they have already killed democracy and the constitution of the country.
Kerala’s Education minister also tried to linking the case against Aisha Sultana to other initiatives taken by the Modi government over the years including the passing of Citizenship Amendment Act, abrogation of Article 370. Minister Sivankutty said that they were deliberately doing this in Lakshadweep and added that the centre has mismanaged the Covid-19 situation in the Union territory.
The Kerala Minister assured his government support to the model, saying they were all together with her. He also asked the model Aisha Sultana to meet Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan once and that he will help resolve the issue.
“We have already passed resolution unanimously agains the reforms in Lakshadweep,” said Kerala Minister Sivankutty.
Sedition complaint against Aisha Sultana
On Friday, a case of sedition was registered against controversial actor and model Aisha Sultana for making hate-speech against the Modi government as she claimed that the Modi government was using Covid-19 as a “bio-weapon” against the people of Lakshadweep Islands.
Based on a complaint from BJP’s Lakshadweep unit president C Abdul Khader Haj, a complaint was filed against Aisha Sultana for making wild claims that the centre was using Covid-19 as a bio-weapon in the Union territory.
In his complaint, Khader pointed that Aisha Sultana, a native of Chetlat island, had purportedly said that the Centre was using Praful Patel as a bio-weapon on the island. Khader has cited a recent debate on the Malayalam channel in which Aisha Sultana had made such comments.
Aisha Sultana from Lakshadweep in a News room debate @MediaOneTVLive alleges India Govt deployed Covid as a BIO WEAPON against people of Lakshadweep.— The Communal Dentist©🇮🇳 (@dr_communal) June 8, 2021
She should not be let scott free for such a statement.
Video included with subtitles#CovidIndia #Bioweapon @HMOIndia pic.twitter.com/skHxBjSzld
In a debate on the Malayalam channel Media One, Aisha Sultana had claimed, “Before centre took care, 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. I can say this clearly that the central government has deployed bioweapon against the people of Lakshadweep.”
Through her comments, Aisha Sultana had tried to undermine the efforts to bring development to the Islands. By trying to blame the centre, Aisha was attempting to conceal the crumbling health infrastructure of the islands that had resulted in the increasing number of Covid-19 cases.