Supreme Court saves Nupur Sharma from arrest

Tribune News Service

Satya Prakash

New Delhi, July 19

Suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, who is facing threat to her life for her controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammed, was on Tuesday relieved by the Supreme Court which ordered that no coercive action be taken against her in connection with several FIRs lodged against her in several states. May go.

“We never wanted you to go everywhere. Maybe we couldn’t tell or you didn’t give… your perception of going to different high courts… now you explain that it’s almost impossible for you And there is danger to life… but you understand that you have to go to a place of your choice,” said a bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice JB Pardiwala, asking whether the petitioner would be ready to move the Delhi High Court. .

The division bench – which on July 1 refused to entertain her plea to club the FIR and scathing remarks that her “loose tongue” had set the entire country on fire – issued notice on her plea to the contrary. Requested to close the comments. The judges, while hearing his plea, sought clubbing of the FIR lodged against him for his controversial remarks on May 26.

The top court asked the states/UTs of Delhi, Maharashtra, Telangana, West Bengal, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Jammu and Kashmir to respond to their plea seeking permission to move a special high court to challenge them. To explore the option of giving. All FIRs.

Seeking to resume his petition, which was withdrawn on July 1, Sharma had sought a stay on his arrest in the cases registered against him in various states/UTs.

“Our main concern is that you (Nupur Sharma) should not be deprived of your right to an alternative remedy,” he said, adding that it would try to develop modalities for the same.

The bench has fixed August 10 for further hearing of the matter.

As the bench asked senior advocate Maninder Singh, representing Sharma whether the petitioner would be ready to move the Delhi High Court, Singh replied, “Yes, absolutely. I have handed over the order passed by you earlier. It is presumed that the first FIR is allowed to proceed and the others are stayed and the new one is also stayed.”

Singh tried to highlight the fact that the threat to Sharma’s life had increased.

“There are ever increasing serious threats to life. We have seen in the past how these situations unfold. Whatever happened, happened. I had to withdraw… Now three-four FIRs have been registered. AAP (SC) Judge) is the defender of Article 21 (right to life and personal liberty). It continues… How do I approach every court and seek redress?” Singh told the bench.

Singh referred to several judgments in which the top court filed FIRs registered in different states for the same reason.

Noting that the incidents of death threats to him took place after the July 1 hearing, the bench asked Singh to file an additional affidavit giving specific details of these cases.

The bench had on July 1 refused to entertain his plea to club the FIR and made scathing remarks against the Prophet for his controversial remarks that his “loose tongue” had struck the entire country. was set on fire and she alone was responsible. For what was happening in the country”.

“He really has a loose tongue and has made all kinds of irresponsible statements on TV and has set the entire nation on fire. Still, she claims to be a lawyer of 10 years…she should have immediately apologized for her comments across the country,” the court had said.