Seeman is booked under sedition: What's the friction?

Naam Tamilar Katchi Chief, Seeman has invited fresh trouble as the Salem police had filed a sedition case against him under the grounds of stirring divide through a flag. According to reports, the Ammapettai Police in Salem had on Wednesday registered a case against the politician under five sections of the Indian Penal Code, including sedition. 

Seeman was accused of hoisting a separate flag for the State during the celebrations of 'Tamil Nadu Day' on November 1. The police had said that Seeman's party had organized a meeting at a marriage hall in Ammapettai and during the meeting, Seeman went on to hoist the flag and he also had made several remarks that were contentious in nature. He also had slammed the Tamil Nadu government's decision to celebrate Tamil Nadu Day on July 18, instead of November 1.

As his remarks had stirred major controversy, Ammapettain Village Administrative Officer Raja had lodged a complaint against Seeman to the police. Based on the complaint, the police had filed a case against Seeman under sections 124A - sedition, 143 - unlawful assembly, 153 (a) - promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, 269 - negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life, and 505 (1) (c)- with intent to incite, or which is likely to incite, any class or community of persons to commit any offence against any other class or community of the Indian Penal Code. 

Previous sedition cases against Seeman: 

Seeman has a history of sedition cases on him in the past few years. In May 2020, the Coimbatore police had filed a sedition case against him for his remarks against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). He made objectionable remarks against CAA in a protest that was organized in Coimbatore in February 2020 and a sedition case was filed against him in May, nearly 75 days after his speech. 

It must be noted that Seeman had also faced sedition charges along with Tamil director Ameer for allegedly making inflammatory speeches in support of banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) while addressing a public meeting in Rameswaram in 2008. However, he has been denying the charges and called the case 'politically motivated' and affirmed that they never spoke against India's sovereignty. 

In 2019, Seeman was booked for promoting enmity between different groups after he made a provocative speech hailing the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He was addressing at an election meeting in October 2019 during which he hailed the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and held the latter responsible for the killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka. A case was registered against him based on a complaint filed by a local Congress leader.