The police in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, on Friday summoned journalist Vinod Dua in connection with a sedition charge levelled against him by local Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ajay Shyam, PTI reported. Dua said he has approached the Supreme Court against the first information report registered in Shimla.

The summons came two days after the Delhi High Court stayed an FIR filed against Dua for allegedly spreading fake news through his YouTube show on communal violence in Delhi in February. The FIR filed in Shimla is also related to the show.

According to the complainant, Dua accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using “deaths and terror attacks” to get votes. Shyam claimed that Dua had instigated violence against the government and the prime minister by spreading “fake news”.

Rampur Deputy Superintendent of Police Abhimanyu Verma said Dua has been asked to join the investigation at Kumarsain Police Station in Shimla district on Saturday.

“We came to know about this FIR last night,” Dua told PTI on Friday. “It was filed on June 6, while I was contacted last night by e-mail and today morning the Himachal Pradesh police landed at my place at 6:58 am. I don’t know whether they sought the permission of the Delhi Police or not...

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