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Prophet Muhammad comment case: SC stays Nupur Sharma’s arrest, next hearing on August 10

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, who was involved in controversies by making a statement on Prophet Mohammad, has got relief from the Supreme Court. The court has stayed his arrest till August 10. The court has issued notices to 8 states and the central government. During the hearing, Nupur’s lawyer said that there is a threat to her life. The conspiracy to kill him has been revealed from Patna to Pakistan.

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During the hearing, Nupur Sharma urged the resumption of her withdrawn petition, protection from arrest and tying together the FIRs lodged in several states for her remarks. In the Prophet remark controversy, the Supreme Court has issued notice to states like Delhi, West Bengal and Maharashtra on Nupur Sharma’s petition. The Supreme Court bench, comprising, Justices Surya Kant and J B Pardiwala, has also directed that no coercive steps be taken against Nupur Sharma on FIRs/complaints which may be registered in the future in connection with her remarks on Prophet Muhammad.

Nupur Sharma layer Maninder Singh had mentioned two matters relating to the threat to the life of the petitioner. Justice Surya Kant said that these cases came to the fore after July 1. Singh replied that the threat to life continued. In going everywhere to get the FIR quashed, the petitioner said that there was a great danger to his life. “There is ever increasing threat to her safety. No amount of security could help her. Whatever happened in Supreme Court last time may have happened. But there is a real and genuine threat now. In Bengal also there is an FIR against her,” said Nupur Sharma’s lawyer Maninder Singh.

On this, Justice Surya Kant said that we are doing the right thing, it was not our intention that you have to go everywhere. A total of nine FIRs are reported to have been filed against Sharma, including one in Delhi, five in Maharashtra, two in West Bengal and one in Telangana. “There are already laid down laws on how there cannot be multiple FIRs for same offence,” Mr Singh argued. On July 1, the same bench of the top court had severely criticised Sharma for her controversial comments against the Prophet, saying her “loose tongue” had “set the entire country on fire” and that she is “single-handedly responsible for what is happening in the country”. Yet, she claims to be a lawyer of 10 years standing… She should have immediately apologised for her comments to the whole country,” the Supreme Court had said.

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