Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and six journalists including Rajdeep Sardesai face sedition charges over their posts on tractor rally on Republic Day. A case has been filed against them for allegedly “misreporting” and “spreading disharmony”. The charges against them also include criminal conspiracy and promoting enmity under the Indian Penal Code. The scribes named in the FIR are Mrinal Pande, Vinod Jose, Zafar Agha, Paresh Nath and Anant Nath.

FIR filed at a Noida police station by a resident alleged that “digital broadcasts” and “social media posts” by Mr. Tharoor and scribes claiming that a farmer had been shot dead by the Delhi Police, ultimately contributed to the Red Fort siege and resulted in violence.

“Yes, the FIR has been filed,” a senior police officer in Noida informed the news agency PTI.

On January 26, during the tractor rally, protesting farmers clashed with the police with some even entering the Red Fort. Farmers got the approval to start the tractor rally after the Republic Day parade, however, soon the scenario in the national capital turned violent. Delhi Police had earlier named gangster-turned-activist Lakha Sidhana and actor Deep Sidhu in an FIR over the Red Fort violence.

On Thursday, farmers at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border at Ghazipur were asked by the police to return home. However, they didn’t agree. Farmers leader Rakesh Tikait went on to say that he is “ready to face bullets” if needed. In Karnal, locals gave protesting farmers a 24-hour ultimatum, asking them to vacate the place as they are facing inconvenience because of the protests.