The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that it cannot develop a distinct path for journalists to bring charges against them up to the Supreme court directly under Article 32.
While free expression and freedom of the press are important, the Court stated that all other options before the High Court must be used.
“We don’t want the press to be repressed in any way. However, we cannot create a distinct path for journalists to seek quashing of FIRs in this court immediately under Article 32 “The Bench made a statement.
A Bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, BR Gavai, and BV Nagarathna was listening a petition filed by internet news site The Wire and three of its journalists, Seeraj Ali, Mukul Singh Chauhan, and Ismat Ara, seeking to have criminal charges brought on them by the Uttar Pradesh Police in relation with a report they wrote on the destruction of the Gareeb Nawaz Mosque in Uttar Pradesh.
The petitioners were ultimately granted protection from arrest for two months, with the court directing them to the Allahabad High Court.