Supreme Court stays Ashis Nandy’s arrest


TNI Bureau: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the arrest of Indian political psychologist Ashis Nandy giving him a huge relief. However, the court criticised him for his anti-dalit remarks.

The apex court protected him from arrest by any state government warning him not to repeat such mistake in future.

When Nandy’s counsel said that his client had not said anything intentionally, the court asked him why he used defamatory remarks against Dalit community.

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Nandy had landed in trouble for his controversial remark against the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes at the Jaipur literature festival. He had been summoned for questioning by the Rajasthan Police.

Earlier, Nandy had apologised for his remarks, saying he was misunderstood, after facing criticism from political parties and writers. However, his controversial statement triggered strong reactions from the political parties like MNS, the Shiv Sena, the BJP, the RPI and Dalit organisations. They had submitted a memorandum to police seeking an FIR against the social theorist.

He was highly criticised after he said, “It will be an undignified and vulgar statement but the fact is that most of the corrupt come from the OBCs, Scheduled Castes and now increasingly the Scheduled Tribes. As long as this exists, I still have hope for our republic.”

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