FIR against former VC of Assam University

Guwahati
12 Jul 2018

An FIR has been registered in Guwahati against former vice chancellor of Assam University at Silchar, Tapodhir Bhattacharjee, for allegedly promoting enmity between different groups and communities, a police officer has said.
The FIR has been filed against Bhattacharjee at Dispur Police Station in Guwahati and it has been registered under sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, aaccording to police station Officer-in-Charge Himangshu Das.
The has been was registered on an FIR filed by social activist Manash Chaliha accusing Bhattacharjee of making alleged objectionable comments in his article on the ongoing updation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) published in a newspaper on July 3.
The FIR alleged that the contents of the article can create communal disharmony.
Bhattacharjee has told the media that as an Indian citizen in a democratic country he has the right to freedom of speech and expression as granted by the Constitution.
He said as an individual he has his own way of thinking by observing the goings on in society.
"As I am a teacher I cannot lie with a pen in my hand. I might not agree with someone elses perspective on a particular subject. Likewise, it is not mandatory for everyone to agree with me," he says. PTI