The Supreme Court on Tuesday has stayed the arrest of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, journalists Rajdeep Sardesai, Vinod Jose, Mrinal Pande, Ananth Nath, Zafar Agha and Paresh Nath, whereas hearing the petition challenging the multiple FIRs filed against them for allegedly sharing information on the death of a protester throughout the tractor rally on Republic Day.
The bench comprising magistrate S.A. Bobde, Justice A.S. Bopanna and Justice V. Ramasubramanian issued notice within the plea seeking to dismiss the FIRs lodged against them over tweets and reports on the Republic Day tractor rally.
Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, showing for the petitioners, insisted for defense from powerful steps taken against the petitioner until the notice amount. He said, “Please shield ME until the amount of notice. investigation agency is currently in metropolis. they’ll arrest ME. Section 124 has been added currently.”
Chief Justice Bobde asked peace officer Tushar Mehta whether or not he can arrest the petitioners. To which, he replied that he might not be able to create associate degree assurance for all the petitioners.
To this, CJI Bobde responded that the petitions are going to be thought-about when time period.
Appearing for the editor, Paresh Nath, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi submitted that multiple FIRs filed against him square measure unwarranted as there’s no case of wounding non secular sentiments. SG Mehta then aforementioned the tweets have had a horrific result since that they had lakhs of followers.
However, the Court aforementioned it’ll keep the arrests in the meantime, and issued notice within the matter revertible in time period. Tharoor and Sardesai had stirred the Supreme Court against the FIRs filed against them for deceptive farmers and spreading false info throughout farmers’ tractor rally in metropolis on January twenty six, Republic Day.
Journalists Mrinal Pande, Zafar Agha, The Caravan’s Paresh Nath, and Anant Nath have conjointly filed separate pleas against the FIRs within the same matter.
Sardesai on January twenty six had tweeted concerning protester Navreet Singh’s death. He claimed that Singh died owing to being shot by metropolis Police. Later, Sardesai apologized and deleted his tweet.
Later on identical day, Sardesai shared a video on his Twitter handle. He aforementioned the protesters claim that the deceased Navneet Singh was shot at by metropolis Police, whereas the video shows the tractor upset whereas making an attempt to interrupt through police barricades. The farm protesters’ allegations don’t stand, Sardesai had tweeted.
FIRs had been filed against Tharoor and 5 different journalists in 5 completely different states on identical matter. Earlier, Tharoor and 6 journalists were reserved by the Noida Police for violation, among different charges, over the violence throughout the farmers’ tractor rally in metropolis.