Sedition case filed against Vaidik

July 17, 2014 - 1:16:21 am

Varanasi: A case of sedition has been filed in a court here against yoga guru Ramdev’s aide Ved Pratap Vaidik for meeting Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed.

The case was filed in the court of the chief judicial magistrate and has been listed for hearing on July 25.

The petitioner, lawyer K C Tripathi, sought the arrest of Vaidik, who is also a journalist, for sedition.

Tripathi argued that the journalist had committed a crime by meeting a terrorist accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attack that left 166 people dead.

Vaidik met Saeed in Lahore, where he had gone as a member of an Indian delegation that also included Congress leaders Mani Shankar Aiyar and former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid.

Facing heat from the opposition, a cornered government had on Tuesday denounced Vaidik’s meeting with Saeed and sought a report from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

The government’s disapproval of the meeting with a man wanted in India came as an unrelenting opposition took on the Narendra Modi government in both houses of parliament, leading to repeated disruptions. 

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the National Democratic Alliance government had nothing to do with the meeting and had “nothing to hide”.