News By/Courtesy: Ayush Garg | 26 May 2020 21:53pm IST


  • Supreme Court asked governments of Assam, UP, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh to respond to a petition filed by JNU student Sharjeel Imam
  • Petition Seeks clubbing of all FIRs lodged against him for his alleged divisive and anti-India utterances during anti-CAA protests.
  • he has been charged with sedition and certain provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the government of four states Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur on the petition of Sharjil Imam, a student of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), who is campaigning against the amended citizenship law. In this petition, Sharjeel has urged that sedition cases in these states be put together against him for allegedly making inflammatory speeches.
The Supreme Court provided another opportunity to the Delhi government to file an answer on the imam's petition. In this petition, it has also been requested to transfer all the criminal cases registered against him to the Delhi court and get it investigated by a single agency.
A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul, and MR Shah issued notices to these states during the hearing through video conferencing. The bench has ordered the matter to be listed after two weeks. During the hearing on this petition, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on behalf of the Delhi Government told the bench that it needed time to file its reply.
On this petition, the court had on May 1 directed the Delhi government to file a reply. Mehta said that filing the reply by the Delhi government alone would not be sufficient and that the other respondent states made in this petition should also be directed to respond to the notice.
The senior counsel Siddharth Dave said five FIRs in different states have been registered concerning the two speeches in New Delhi and Aligarh against his client. Dave cited the court verdict in the Arnab Goswami case and said that the Imam could also be given similar relief by revoking all the FIRs lodged against him and transferring the case to Delhi.
He said that cases of sedition were registered against Imam in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh. The Delhi Police has recently registered a case against him under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Mehta said that in the Arnab case, the FIR Cyclostyle (all FIRs were the same) was not done in this case.
 Sharjeel Imam was arrested by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police on January 28 from Jehanabad in Bihar on charges of sedition in connection with alleged provocative speeches at Jamia Millia Islamia University and Aligarh. The bench said that further hearing, in this case, will be held after two weeks, and during this time five states should file their answers.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 27 May 2020 3:29am IST

Tags : Supreme Court, Sharjeel Imam , Anti-CAA protests

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