Supreme Court grants interim relief to former BJP Spokesperson Nupur Sharma, directs that no coercive steps be taken against her in the FIRs/Complaints registered over her remarks on Prophet Mohammed or on FIRs/Complaints which may be registered in future.
Nupur Sharma submitted a plea to the Supreme court to provide her protection from arrest in as many as nine FIRs filed against her in several parts of India for her comments on a religious figure in Islam – Prophet Mohammad. She said that after the Supreme court’s initial observation she was getting rape threats.
Earlier as well, Nupur moved a petition before the court seeking the clubbing of all FIRs against her. In the hearing of the petition on July 1, the same SS bench comprising Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala came down heavily on her and observed that her “loose tongue has set the entire country on fire”, holding her outburst responsible for the violence that broke out throughout the country.
The Supreme Court, during its hearing, termed Nupur Sharma’s remarks as “painful” and asked- “What was the need for her to make such a statement?”
During the hearing, the Supreme Court also asked that apart from running the agenda of a TV channel, what was the purpose of debating a matter which is already under the court.
The Supreme Court questioned Nupur Sharma’s rhetoric and said, “If you are a spokesperson of a party, then you do not have the license to make such statements.”
Senior advocate Maninder Singh, appearing for Nupur Sharma, said that his client has immediately withdrawn her statement and apologized for the same.
On this, the Supreme Court expressed its displeasure and said that he should have gone on TV and apologized to the whole country.
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