The High Court of Chhattisgarh has granted interim relief to Sambit Patra, spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the FIRs registered against him for allegedly making derogatory statement against former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi on his twitter account.
A single judge Bench of Justice Sanjay K Agrawal granted him interim relief while hearing his petition challenging the two FIRs registered against him. The FIRs were registered against him over his tweets against Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi who have both served as Prime Ministers of our Country.
The Court has fixed the next hearing after four weeks and has directed that no coercive will be action be taken against Sambit Patra till then.
The Court took into consideration that the petitioner is a patient of COVID-19, has recently been discharged from hospital and is undergoing quarantine for 14 days, in view of the provision contained in Section 199 (1) of the CrPC, found it expedient to direct, no coercive steps are taken against the petitioner till the next date of hearing.
Senior Advocate Ajay Barman, Advocate Awadhesh Singh, Advocate Ramakant Mishra and Advocate Sharad Mishra had appeared for Patra, while Additional Advocate General Sunil Otwani represented the State in the hearing.