The Allahabad High Court today sought the reply of the Uttar Pradesh Government on a plea filed by 2 Journalists [Seraj Ali and Mukul Singh Chauhan] and the news portal ‘The Wire’ seeking quashing of FIR registered against them for their report on Gareeb Nawaz Masjid Demolition.
The FIR in question was registered against them for their report on the alleged Gareeb Nawaz Mosque illegal demolition.
The Bench of Justice Ramesh Singh and Justice Saroj Yadav has sought the reply of the Uttar Pradesh Government by October 21.
Uttar Pradesh Police Register FIR Against The Wire, 2 Journalists For Their Report On Gareeb Nawaz Mosque Demolition.
Therefore, the plea contends that given that the factum of demolition and the allegations made in The Wire’s video were already reported by several news media organizations a month earlier itself, and the same were not refuted by the State, there was no basis for the police to claim that the allegations made in the Wire’s video by the interviewees are false/unverified or that there was any tendency to create public disorder.
Earlier, the Allahabad High Court had rejected the plea filed by Secretary of the Gareeb Nawaz Masjid Committee, Mohammad Anees, and a local resident of Barabanki, Mohd. Naeem seeking quashing of the First Information Report (FIR) registered against them by the Uttar Pradesh Police.
It may be noted that the Gareeb Nawaz Masjid was demolished in May 2021 by the district administration in Barabanki, claiming it to be an “illegal structure”. Thereafter, the Barabanki Police had lodged a case against eight people “who were members of a committee”, for allegedly resorting to fraud and cheating to get the mosque registered as a Waqf property.