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SC: Notice issued to 4 states over Sharjeel Imam plea for clubbing of FIRs

Imam, who has been booked for hate speech, sedition and anti-terror law, has asked the SC to let a single agency investigate the case.

Sabrangindia 27 May 2020

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The Supreme Court has sought responses from the state governments of Assam, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh in a plea by Sharjeel Imam for clubbing of 5 FIRs registered against him for offences of hate speech. The states have been given 2 weeks to file their responses.

The bench, led by Justice Ashok Bhushan issued notice to theses states after Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for Delhi government contended that all states should be heard by the court before passing an order for clubbing the FIRs filed against Imam for speeches delivered in Delhi and Aligarh.

Besides hate speech, Imam has been charged with sedition and certain provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. He was arrested on January 28 and has pleaded the apex court to let a single agency investigate into his case after the clubbing of the FIRs.

Imam who is currently lodged in Guwahati jail had delivered a speech in Aligarh Muslim University on January 16 in which he had said that roads leading to Assam should be “cut off” from the rest of the country as part of the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

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SC: Notice issued to 4 states over Sharjeel Imam plea for clubbing of FIRs

Imam, who has been booked for hate speech, sedition and anti-terror law, has asked the SC to let a single agency investigate the case.

Supreme CourtImage Courtesy:economictimes

The Supreme Court has sought responses from the state governments of Assam, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh in a plea by Sharjeel Imam for clubbing of 5 FIRs registered against him for offences of hate speech. The states have been given 2 weeks to file their responses.

The bench, led by Justice Ashok Bhushan issued notice to theses states after Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for Delhi government contended that all states should be heard by the court before passing an order for clubbing the FIRs filed against Imam for speeches delivered in Delhi and Aligarh.

Besides hate speech, Imam has been charged with sedition and certain provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. He was arrested on January 28 and has pleaded the apex court to let a single agency investigate into his case after the clubbing of the FIRs.

Imam who is currently lodged in Guwahati jail had delivered a speech in Aligarh Muslim University on January 16 in which he had said that roads leading to Assam should be “cut off” from the rest of the country as part of the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

Related:

SC: Four more petitions filed against CAA, notices issued/
COVID-19 and the Indian Supreme Court
Student activist Safoora Zargar, denied bail, judicial custody extended till June 25

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