Two weeks after admonishing, SC gives interim protection from arrest to Nupur Sharma till Aug 10

SC protects Nupur Sharma from coercive action in FIRs/complaints which may be registered in future over Prophet remarks row

SC protects Nupur Sharma from coercive action in FIRs/complaints which may be registered in future over Prophet remarks row
SC protects Nupur Sharma from coercive action in FIRs/complaints which may be registered in future over Prophet remarks row

SC protects Nupur Sharma from arrest

Two weeks after admonishing, the Supreme Court on Tuesday granted interim protection from arrest till August 10 to suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma in connection with the FIRs/ complaints filed against her in several States over her remarks on the Prophet made during a TV debate show. The apex court also protected her from any coercive action in the FIRs/ complaints which may be registered or entertained in the future about the May 26 telecast.

A bench of Justices Surya Kant and J B Pardiwala, which had earlier refused to club the multiple FIRs lodged against Sharma after coming down heavily on her for her controversial comments on the Prophet, took note of the alleged threats to life extended to her after its July 1 order. Observing that it never wanted Sharma to visit every court for relief, the bench issued notices to the Centre and several states including Delhi, West Bengal, and Maharashtra on her plea urging protection from arrest as well as the revival of her withdrawn petition seeking clubbing of nine FIRs lodged in several states.

“In the meanwhile, as an interim measure, it is directed that no coercive action shall be taken against the petitioner pursuant to the impugned nine FIRs/ complaints or such FIRs/ complaints which may be registered/ entertained in future pertaining to the telecast dated May 26, 2022,” the bench said. The top court sought responses from the Centre and the concerned States by August 10, the next date of hearing.

While taking note of the submissions made by senior advocate Maninder Singh, who appeared for Sharma and referred to the threats to her life, the bench said its concern is how to ensure that the petitioner will avail of the alternative remedy as permitted by the court on July 1. “In the light of these subsequent events, some of which have been noticed above, the concern of this court is how to ensure that the petitioner is able to avail the alternative remedy as permitted by this court in an order dated July 1,” the bench observed, issuing notices to different state governments, where FIRs are registered.

The top court said, “The petitioner has approached this court to quash all FIRs registered against her. Since her prayer can be granted in exercise of powers under Article 226, this court had on July 1 2022 relegated the petitioner to avail alternate remedy.” It added that now the petitioner has filed a miscellaneous application pointing out interalia that it has become impossible for her to avail remedy granted by this court and that there is imminent necessity to protect her life and liberty as guaranteed under Article 21.

The bench then noted in its order that after July 1, order various incidents including Salman Chisti, a Khadim of Ajmer Dargah circulated a video for rewarding those who would behead the petitioner and one more video has been made viral of a man in UP threatening to behead her. Singh said that the apex court had wanted Sharma to go to different courts for relief but it has become increasingly difficult for her to visit the courts due to increasing threats.

“We must correct the facts. Perhaps we were not able to convey correctly but we never wanted you to go to every court for relief,” the bench said. Singh submitted, “What has happened has already happened. There is a continuing threat to her life. These threats are genuine and real. No amount of security will be able to protect her if she is asked to appear before different courts. After the July 1 order, the West Bengal Police registered four fresh FIRs. A Look Out Circular has been issued by Calcutta Police. This is a question of Article 21, she needs to be protected.”

During the arguments, Singh said that since the July 1 order of the top court, Sharma has been extended threats to life and it has come on record that a person from Pakistan has traveled to India to attack her. He said that recently in Patna, some alleged extremists arrested, who are said to have the petitioner as their target.

The bench was told by Singh that these incidents, which he is referring to, happened after the July 1 order. The bench said, “We never wanted you or your family to be put in any kind of danger”. Singh said in these circumstances, they are seeking clubbing of the FIRs as all of them are based on the same cause of action.

“The court can club all the other FIRs to the first FIR which was lodged in Delhi as they arise out of the same video. Stay the investigation in other FIRs and protection be granted from any coercive action. If any future FIRs or complaints are lodged arising out of the same cause of action those may also have stayed,” Singh said while referring to the application. The bench said, “Our concern is that the petitioner is not deprived of availing the legal remedy. We will pass orders to that effect.”

On July 1, the same bench of the top court severely criticized Sharma for her controversial comments against the Prophet, saying her “loose tongue” has “set the entire country on fire” and that she is “single-handedly responsible for what is happening in the country”.[1]

Reference:

[1] Supreme Court holds Nupur Sharma responsible for what has happened in the country including Udaipur; says should apologize to nation for her remarksJul 01, 2022, PGurus Newsdesk

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Looks like the supreme court and many of its judges are on the pay rolls of Congress party and other anti Hindu mafia. These people hurt a Hindu girl who did nothing wrong and just read a passage from quran ! How this can be considered a crime ? Now another Zubair guy who has solid evidence against him gets a bail! Time is now to clean up the judiciery. Two judges gave a judgement on their own and called Nupur Guilty ! This is violation of fundamental rights and basic laws of judiciery. Hope people raise against these sold out slave judges and ask them to resign and get lost. If Nupur gets killed, These judges must be held responsible.

  2. Supreme Court has long way to court & annul the entire previous judgement and declare that Nupur Sharma did NOT do any wrong & she only quoted from Hadith. Her status to be restored with all dignity.
    It is to be left to her, if she wants to return to that political organization which pushed her to crocodiles or join some Hindu spiritual group.

  3. After what appears to be a clarification / course correction, will it be fair to expect only rulings /orders which can be enforced and not observations / opinions which are open to public comments. Are multiple FIRs on the same alleged crime not a judicial method to subject a person to deliberate harassment, physically and financially, deserving protection.

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