Supreme Court lawyer Alakh Alok Srivastava has filed a criminal complaint seeking the arrest of Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement leader Shehla Rashid for spreading fake news on the situation in Kashmir.
In his complaint, Srivastava has alleged that Shehla Rashid is spreading fake news against the Indian Army and Government of India. In a series of tweets, Shehla Rashid had on Sunday said, "People are saying that Jammu and Kashmir Police has no authority on law and order situation. They have been rendered powerless. Everything is in the hands of paramilitary forces. One SHO was transferred on complaint of a CRPF man. SHOs carrying batons. Service revolvers can't be seen on them."
According to the complaint filed, Srivastava stated that the allegations made by Rashid were Absolutely false and baseless.
The complaint also said that the Rashid had intended to excite disaffection towards the Government of India which is prima facie an offence of Sedition under Section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The Indian Army also rejected Shehla Rashid's allegations regarding situation in Jammu and Kashmir and termed them "baseless". “The Indian Army said the allegations were “baseless and rejected,” and that “unverified” and “fake news” was being “spread by inimical elements and organisations to incite unsuspecting population,” News Agency ANI report said.