The DMK president M K Stalin on Saturday condemned as highly autocratic the registration of a sedition case against noted 49 personalities for writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi against the increasing crimes against minorities and demanded that the case be immediately withdrawn.
Among them against whom sedition case has been registered on the basis of complaint by a BJP lawyer after they wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister are noted director Mani Rathnam, actor Revathi and historian Ramachandra Guha.
Speaking at a function at Anna Arivalayam, the DMK headquarters, Stalin wondered how writing an open letter to the Prime Minister for protection of minority rights in the wake of increasing incidents of lynching of Muslims would amount to sedition.
He said: “How is it sedition to request the prevalence of communal harmony and tolerance which form the basic tenets of the Constitution? Terming that it is reminiscent of the emergency era, Stalin said the DMK, which stood up to the emergency, would fight the new threat to freedom of expression and individual liberty.
He said history had shown that those who turned authoritarian were defeated by democracy.