Prophet row: Asks her to approach Delhi HC for quashing of cases
The Supreme Court on Wednesday provided relief to suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma by clubbing all FIRs lodged against her across the country in connection with her remark on the Prophet and transferring these to the Delhi Police.
“Whatever view we have taken as a three-judge Bench in the Mohammed Zubair case and some other cases, we will follow,” said a Bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala, which ordered that the future FIRs against Nupur would also be transferred to the Delhi Police.
The three-judge Bench had on July 20 ordered the release of Zubair, co-founder of Alt News, on interim bail in all the FIRs lodged in Uttar Pradesh against him for alleged hate speech, saying “exercise of the power of arrest must be pursued sparingly” and transferred all the cases in UP to Delhi. The top court today extended the interim protection from any coercive action to Nupur till the probe was concluded by the Delhi Police’s Intelligence Fusion & Strategic Operations (IFSO) unit. It said the IFSO shall be at liberty to take assistance from other police forces to take the case to a logical end.
“Since this court has already taken cognisance of the serious threat to life and security of the petitioner (Nupur), we direct that all FIRs against her be transferred and clubbed for investigation to the Delhi Police.