The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India deplores the case filed against CPI National Executive member and NFIW general secretary Annie Raja and demands its withdrawal. The case filed against her is regarding a public meeting held at Jantar Mantar in December 2021 to mark two years’ of protests for equal citizenship. She is accused of violating Section 144 of IPC, sections of Epidemic Disease Act and Disaster Management Act. The Party feels that the case is totally baseless and is aimed at stifling voices of dissent and protest against the anti-people policies of the BJP government. The CPI appeals to all secular democratic parties and movements to raise their voice in defence of expression of dissent to the anti-people policies of the government of the day and in defence of constitutional and democratic rights of the citizens. Annie Raja attended the hearing at the Patiala House court today – November 2, 2022 and was given bail. The court postponed the case for hearing to January 7, 2023.