Supreme Court transfers nationwide FIRs against Nupur Sharma to Delhi in Prophet row
The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed nationwide first information reports (FIRs) filed against suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma be clubbed and transferred to the Delhi Police.
Sharma – who faces multiple police complaints for her “controversial comments on the Prophet” during a television debate – had told the top court that she feared for her life if she had to travel to different cities to defend herself.
The top court also extended the interim protection to Sharma till the probe was over.
The BJP suspended her in June, after her comments enraged the country and dragged India into a diplomatic row with Muslim nations.
The top court clubbed and transferred the cases, despite stiff opposition from the West Bengal government. In its submission, West Bengal asked the apex court to constitute a special investigation team (SIT) comprising police officers from various states and let it be a court-monitored probe.
However, the bench opined it would be inappropriate for the top court to monitor the probe and further gave liberty to Sharma to approach the Delhi High Court for quashing the pending FIRs or any fresh one that is filed in connection with her remarks.