Supreme court rejects plea seeking Nupur Sharma's arrest
The Supreme Court refused to entertain a petition filed seeking the arrest and calling for an independent investigation of the former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma. The plea has been filed by a lawyer and she has sought a detailed probe into Sharma's alleged controversial remarks against the Prophet Muhammad.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit expressed his disinclination to entertain the plea against Sharma. The counsel, appearing for the petitioner, told the bench that it is only seeking implementation of the directions in the Tehseen Ponnawalla judgment in relation to control of mob lynching.
Following this, the bench said, "This may sound simple and innocuous but it has far-reaching consequences. The court should be circumspect while issuing directions. We would suggest you withdraw."
Accordingly, the matter was dismissed as withdrawn.
The update came to the fore while the court was hearing a petition filed by Advocate Abu Sohel. The plea sought directions for an independent, credible and impartial investigation into the incident that stirred controversy and Sharma received flak over her remarks.
Previously, a separate bench of the court transferred to Delhi Police all FIRs registered against Nupur Sharma in different parts of the country to the Delhi High Court. It had asked Sharma to seek an appropriate remedy from the high court.