Lakshadweep filmmaker Aisha Sultana has refuted Lakshadweep Administration’s allegations according to which she was not cooperating with the investigation in the sedition case. She said that the authority wants to quickly make her look like an ‘anti-national’. Aisha Sultana refutes Administration allegations
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The Lakshadweep Administration had said that the filmmaker was not cooperating with the investigation and that she had erased text messages and communications from her mobile phone and refused to provide documents the police authorities were asking for.
Sultana claimed that she had not deleted any material from her phone, and submitted that her phone was seized by the police without any prior information or direction regarding the same.
Read more about the case here.
The 36-year-old filmmaker had made some remarks during a channel discussion. She was booked over charges of instigating violence. The BJP Lakshadweep unit filed a complaint against her.
Earlier in June, Sultana had said that the central government Administrator of the Union Territory Lakshadweep, Praful Patel, is a “bio-weapon” against the island, on a regional news channel.
On June 10, an FIR was registered against her and a case was filed under sections related to hate speech and sedition.
Following the same, she was asked to appear before the Kavaratti Police Station on 20th June 2021. On June 17, she was granted interim anticipatory bail for a week. However, the administration alleged that she broke COVID-19 protocols and visited the island for the interrogation, while she was supposed to stay quarantined.
The chairman of the disaster management authority of Lakshadweep issued a notice of caution to her on June 22.
She has gained support from many politicians such as Aishe Ghosh. In fact, several BJP leaders in Lakshadweep have backed the director and submitted their resignations from the party since they feel that a case against her is unjustified. Sultana is currently settled in Kochi. However, she is native of Lakshadweep’s Chetlat island. Read more about it here.