NEW DELHI: Today, The Supreme Court directed the clubbing and transfer of FIRs which are registered against former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma for her comments on Prophet Muhammad, to the Delhi Police.
The Bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala ordered,
“Since this Court has already taken cognizance of serious threat to life and security of the petitioner, we direct that all FIRs against Nupur Sharma be transferred and clubbed for investigation to the Delhi Police.”
The Court directed Delhi Police to ensure that the first FIR registered in Maharashtra and the one registered by itself are investigated together by clubbing other FIRs registered in different parts of the country.
The FIRs will be probed by the Intelligence Fusion & Strategic Operations (IFSO) of the Delhi Police.
“IFSO shall be at liberty to take assistance from other police forces to take case to logical end. Till the probe is over, the interim protection granted to Nupur Sharma shall stand extended,” the Bench clarified.
During the hearing, the Court said that Nupur Sharma would be at liberty to pursue her rights and remedies by approaching the Delhi High Court for quashing the current and future FIRs.
The Court while hearing a plea seeking a direction to club the FIRs registered against her across the country for her remarks on Prophet Muhammad and bring the same to Delhi.
Senior Advocate Maninder Singh the main counsel for Nupur Sharma informed that since the Court’s July 17 order granting his client interim protection, there have been two more FIRs registered against her. Senior Advocate Menaka Guruswamy, appearing for the West Bengal government, pointed out that the first FIR against Sharma was not registered in Delhi.
In response, the Court clarified that it was not laying down the departure from the first FIR principle as law and that its order should not be construed this way.
On July 19, the Court granted interim protection to Nupur Sharma from arrest in relation to the multiple FIRs registered against her across the country. The Court said that it will explore the option of allowing Sharma to move one of the High Courts to quash all FIRs.
The Court that another FIR has been registered against her in West Bengal and that the Kolkata Police has issued a look-out circular which will lead to immediate arrest
Further, the Court, issued notice to the States of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra, and Telangana to explore the option of allowing Sharma to approach one single High Court to challenge all FIRs.
The Court said that Sharma was single-handedly responsible for fanning flames across India and should apologize to the whole nation.
“The way she has ignited emotions across the country. This lady is single-handedly responsible for what is happening in the country. We saw the debate on how she was incited. But the way she said all this and later says she was a lawyer, it is shameful. She should apologize to the whole country,” Justice Kant had said.
Sharma had then proceeded to withdraw her plea, after which she filed the present application seeking revival of the earlier petition.
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