Apart from this rare Bollywood voice, it was left for the political parties other than the BJP to speak up in a show of solidarity with Kashyap and Pannu. They questioned what they perceived as vindictiveness on part of the government against anyone who chooses the route of dissent. They also came down on the use of state machinery—departments like ED, CBI, NCB—as instruments of intimidation. “Hope the income tax department of our country is saved from bonded slavery status soon. Same wishes for ED and CBI too,” tweeted Priyanka Chaturvedi of the Shiv Sena.
“The way in which raids were conducted in the homes and offices of Anurag Kashyap and Taapsee Pannu, this is definitely the usage of Enforcement Directorate or the Income Tax against those who take a stand against the government or its policies. Anurag Kashyap and Taapsee Pannu have raised their voice against the Modi government’s policies. This action is an attempt to suppress their voices,” said Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik.
“They first employed IT, CBI, ED to conduct raids on vocal and upright political rivals for their character assassination. Now Nazi govt is chasing social activists, journalists & artists to threaten them against calling spade a spade,” tweeted Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav.
Lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan tweeted: “BJP’s A team at work to harass, intimidate and silence those who don’t fall in line. India has never seen such malafide use of the IT dept, ED, NIA, police etc.”