The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought replies from 4 states on a plea by Sharjeel Imam. Sharjeel Imam, JNU student and anti-CAA activist, alleged by the police for making inflammatory speeches.
The top court gave another opportunity to the Delhi government to file its response on Imam’s plea which also sought the transfer of all criminal cases against him to the national capital and probe by a single agency.
The matter discussed through video conferencing consisted of Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M R Shah as a bench of Justices. They issued notices to the four states and listed the matter for further hearing after two weeks.
During the hearing, Tushar, appearing for Delhi government said that it needs time to file its response on the plea. On May 1, the court directed him to file the response.
Mehta said that filing of response by the Delhi government will not suffice and other states, arrayed as parties in the plea should also be asked to file their replies.
Senior advocate Siddharth Dave, appearing for Imam, informed about 5 FIRs registered against Sharjeel Imam for delivering two speeches given in Aligarh and Uttar Pradesh.
Adding he said that the relief is given to Arnab Goswami, Imam can be given the same relief.
The Bench Said That They Would Hear The Matter Of Sharjeel, Further After Two Weeks
The bench further said that they would hear the matter further after two weeks. Adding, it said that by then all five states should file their response.
On May 19, the top court had refused to quash the initial FIR against Republic TV Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami over his news show on the Palghar mob lynching but gave some relief by setting aside related multiple FIRs and complaints holding they had a “stifling” effect on the exercise of freedom and expression.
On May 1, the top court had sought Delhi government’s reply on the plea.
Delhi Police’s crime branch arrested Imam from Bihar’s Jehanabad on January 28. Imam charged by a sedition case for allegedly making inflammatory speeches in Jamia Milia Islamia and Aligarh.
On Dec 13, Sharjeel Imam in NFC delivered a seditious speech. Police said that this speech led to the starting of riots. Sharjeel motivated the riots to happen.
It also added further, that, after the investigation done by them, police charged Sharjeel Imam. As per the evidence collected, police charged him for sedition under article 124A and for promoting enmity between classes under article 153 A IPC.