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Nupur Sharma moves SC for protection from possible arrest, clubbing of cases in Prophet case

Prophet Mohammad remarks row: Former BJP Spokesperson Nupur Sharma has approached Supreme Court seeking a stay on her arrest in the FIRs registered against her for the alleged hate statement against Prophet Mohammad.

Written By: Shashwat Bhandari New Delhi Updated on: July 19, 2022 6:20 IST
Former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma
Image Source : FILE PHOTO Former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma

Highlights

  • Ex-BJP spokesperson has moved SC seeking stay on her possible arrest in Prophet remarks case
  • She has also sought from SC to club all FIRs filed against her in the case
  • The SC bench is likely to hear matter on Tuesday

Prophet Mohammad Remarks row: Suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma has moved to the Supreme Court seeking a stay of her possible arrest in any of the 9 FIRs filed against her over comments on Prophet Mohammed. She has also sought clubbing of all the nine cases filed against her across India.

The Supreme Court bench comprising Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala is likely to hear Nupur Sharma’s plea to revive her petition to club FIRs over remarks on Prophet on Tuesday.

Earlier, a vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala had refused to entertain her plea for clubbing of the FIRs lodged in several states over her remarks.

The top court had come down heavily on her 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".

"She actually has a loose tongue and has made all kinds of irresponsible statements on TV and set the entire country on fire. Yet, she claims to be a lawyer of 10 years standing... She should have immediately apologised for her comments to the whole country," the court had said.

Refusing to entertain Sharma's plea for clubbing of FIRs lodged in various States against her for the remark, the bench had held that the comment was made either for cheap publicity, political agenda, or some nefarious activities.

Sharma's remark on the Prophet during a TV debate had triggered protests across the country and drew sharp reactions from many Gulf countries. The BJP subsequently suspended her from the party.

"These remarks are very disturbing and smack of arrogance. What is her business to make such remarks? These remarks have led to unfortunate incidents in the country... These people are not religious. They do not have respect for other religions. These remarks were made for cheap publicity or political agenda or some other nefarious activities", the bench had said.

While refusing to entertain Sharma's plea for clubbing of FIRs, the bench had allowed her to withdraw the plea.

"She has a threat or she has become a security threat? The way she has ignited emotions across the country… this lady is single-handedly responsible for what is happening in the country," the bench had said when Sharma's lawyer Maninder Singh had pointed out that she was facing threats to life.

The court's observations against the suspended BJP leader had come in the backdrop of the brutal murder of a tailor in Udaipur by two men, who had posted videos online, claiming that they were avenging an insult to Islam.

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