Lakshadweep Police on Thursday booked filmmaker Ayesha Sulthana on sedition charges over her ‘biological weapon’ remark during a television debate.
She was booked after a complaint was filed with the Kavaratti police by the BJP's Lakshadweep unit president Abdul Khader who said Sulthana spread false news about the spread of COVID-19 in the union territory during a TV debate in a Malayalam channel.
Sulthana had alleged that the Central government used ‘biological weapons’ for the spread of COVID-19 in Lakshadweep.
Sulthana hails from Chetiath island in Lakshadweep.
According to the FIR lodged by the Kavaratti police, a case under sections 124 A (sedition) and 153 B (hate speech) of the Indian Penal code has been registered against the filmmaker.
The BJP leader, in his complaint, has alleged that Sulthana's was an anti-national act, which tarnished the “patriotic image” of the central government. He sought action against her.
Earlier in the day, the BJP staged a protest in the islands seeking action against the filmmaker.
The Lakshadweep-based model and actor Sulthana has worked with several Malayalam filmmakers.
Lakshadweep has been witnessing protests by various political parties since the administration started implementing reform measures in the islands.