Updated: Tue, 19 Jul 2022 04:23 PM IST
The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted interim relief from arrest to suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma directing the police to take no coercive action against her for now. The top court also asked the respondents to file their responses to her plea seeking a stay on her possible arrest and club nine cases against her across India over her derogatory remarks against Prophet Mohammad on national television.
A bench of Justices Surya Kant and J B Pardiwala, while taking note of the alleged threats to life extended to Sharma after its July 1 order, also protected her from coercive action in the FIRs/complaints which may be registered or entertained in the future about the May 26 telecast.
"This matter be listed on August 10, 2022. Copies of main writ be also forwarded along with notice to respondents. Serve through dasti notice and through standing counsels. Meanwhile, as an interim measure it is directed that no coercive shall be taken against Nupur Sharma," the bench ordered.
Senior advocate Maninder Singh, representing Sharma said after the top court's July 1 order, the petitioner has received life threats and it is not possible for her to travel outside Delhi to pursue these cases.
The bench noted that in her support, the petitioner in the miscellaneous application has stated that after July 1 order of this court, various incidents, like threats have been made by one Salman Chishti claiming to be Khadim of Ajmer Dargah who has called upon to cut her throat, and another by a man from Uttar Pradesh, who made a viral video threatening to behead her.
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 and sought their responses by August 10, when the bench will hear the matter next.
On July 1, the same bench of the top court severely criticised 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."
"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 they way she said all this and later says she was a lawyer, it is shameful. She should apologise to the whole country," Justice Kant had said.
(With Agencies Inputs)