More than 2 months ago, 49 celebrities–including Anurag Kashyap, Konkona Sen, Aparna Sen–had together written an open letter to the PM raising concerns over the rise in cases of mob lynchings and religious intolerance in the country. 

At the time, 60 celebrities–including Kangana Ranaut, Prasoon Joshi, Madhur Bhandarkar–had written a counter open letter blaming the 49 signatories. 

Additionally, a case of sedition and public nuisance had also been filed against them in a Bihar court, by petitioner Sudhir Kumar Ojha. And now, Chief Judicial Magistrate Surya Kant Tiwari has accepted his petition and an FIR has been lodged against the celebrities, which includes Mani Ratnam, Shyam Benegal, and others. 

The CJM had passed the order on 20 August, accepting my petition upon the receipt of which an FIR was lodged today at the Sadar police station here

As of now, none of the 49 signatories have responded to the sedition charges.