New Delhi: Fearing arrest over his alleged anti-Dalit remarks, noted sociologist Ashis Nandy on Thursday moved to the Supreme Court to seek respite. The Apex Court agreed to hear Nandy's petition seeking protection from arrest.

In his petition, Nandy has pleaded to quash FIRs filed against him on his controversial remark expressed at Jaipur Literary Festival. His counsel demanded an early hearing of the matter. The Court has listed the matter for hearing on Friday.

Ashis Nandy courted controversy at recently concluded Jaipur Literature festival by allegedly saying that most of the corrupt people belong to OBC, SC and ST categories.

Nandy later clarified that he meant only to say that most of the people getting caught under corruption charges are people from OBC, SC and ST communities as they don't have the means to save themselves unlike people from upper sections of the society.

Notably, a team of Jaipur Police is in the national capital to grill Nandy and three others over his controversial remarks. He has been booked under SC/ST Act.

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