Bidar school: Arrested teacher and student’s parent may not get bail till February 4

Two days after a sedition case was slapped against a school in Karnataka, its headmistress and a student’s parent have been arrested for involvement in staging of a drama portraying Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens, police said on Friday.

The police action came after the police questioned the students from lower primary classes, two women, a few staff members of the Shaheen School in the district headquarters town of Bidar and students on Thursday.

They were produced before a court which remanded them to judicial custody, police said adding further investigation was on.

Though the school authorities applied for bail for the headmistress and student’s mother who were arrested, it did not come up for hearing.

The judge in the District and Sessions court in Bidar was on leave till February 4 and it will most likely not be possible to secure bail, The News Minute reports.

A sedition case was booked by Karnataka police on Republic Day against the school, along with some other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), based on a complaint from a BJP worker Neelesh Rakshyal.

The drama which criticises Modi government’s discriminatory policies was staged by students of the fourth, fifth and sixth standard on January 21.

The complainant from Neelesh Rakshyal has alleged the school authorities ‘used’ the students to perform a drama where they “abused” Modi in the context of the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens.

The police had called up earlier and asked the school authorities to present all students who participated in the drama to the police station. When the school authorities refused to send students to the station, the police came to the school.

The students who are from classes 3, 4, 5 were questioned for over two hours. The youngest among them was aged 9.

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