Rajpal Meena, Chairperson of the SC/ST Rajasthan Manch, who had filed a complaint against Mr Nandy on Saturday met with the police and recorded his statement today.
The festival's producer, Sanjoy Roy, will also be questioned today by the police. "We served summons to the organiser but he was busy with the event and could not turn up yesterday. He has been called today for further investigation," a police officer said.
On Monday, organisers of the Jaipur Literature Festival signed an undertaking not to leave the city till police investigations in this case are complete. Mr Roy told NDTV, "We have handed over a recording of Mr Nandy's comments and a transcript that place them in context." This CD is being sent for forensic investigation.
Last week, in a panel discussion at the festival, Mr Nandy said, "Most corrupt people come from Other Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes."
His remarks stirred a controversy, and Mr Nandy soon issued a clarification saying he was trying to make the point that corruption among Dalits was noticeable, while that of the rich was not.
Mr Nandy told NDTV yesterday that he may have chosen the wrong words but that the thrust of his argument was not wrong. He asserted that says his comments were actually "pro-Dalit and were taken out of context".
Mr Nandy has issued a public apology and clarification, in which he said, "I also said that if people like me or Richard Sorabjee want to be corrupt, I shall possibly send his son to Harvard giving him a fellowship and he can send my daughter to Oxford. No one will think it to be corruption. Indeed, it will look like supporting talent. But when Dalits, tribals and the OBCs are corrupt, it looks very corrupt indeed."
Even as critics slam Mr Nandy for his remarks, support for him has come in from various quarters. Noted Dalit activist and writer, Kancha Iliah, who was present in the audience when Mr Nandy made the remarks, spoke in his defence yesterday. "Ashis Nandy made a bad statement with good intentions. The controversy should end here," Mr Ilaiah said.
(With inputs from Agencies)
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