The CID Wing of Himachal Police had arrested Neeraj Bharti , Congress Leader and Former Chief Parliamentary(CPS) , who was booked on the charges of sedition. These charges were made in context of an objectionable message posted by the Congress Leader on Facebook.
Neeraj was summoned for examination by the crime branch for 3 days as confirmed by his father , Chander Kumar , former Congress MP. As per Chander Kumar , his son is a political leader and has the right to express his views , he even said ” We live in a democratic country where freedom of speech and expression is a Fundamental Right and such actions were against the spirit of the Constitution”. He further added ” But after the questioning they arrested him (Neeraj Bharti) . It is unfortunate that even political leaders are not being allowed to express their views on social media and cases are being registered against them” .
A case was filed against Neeraj on 20th of June , 2020 on the complaint of advocate Narinder Guleria , who is a resident of Shmila only.
Guleria had alleged that Bharti had made 3 posts on Facebook in the last 24 hours which called for sedition, creating hatred against the Government and spread of hate amongst various groups.
Neeraj was a Congress MLA from Jawali assembly constituency in Kangra district. He had lost the last assembly election to Arjun Thakur of BJP from Jawali assembly constituency. Neeraj has been part of such controversies before as well for targeting BJP Government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi using his social media accounts. Few cases were made against him on parallel reasons before as well.