Prayagraj (ILNS): The Allahabad High Court has refused to give relief to Ashad Khan of Agra, accused of making comments on social media regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hurting religious harmony. Ashad Khan challenged the FIR in the High Court. The Court rejected the Petition, refusing to interfere with the FIR lodged in the case.
The Petition was heard by a division bench of Justice Ramesh Sinha and Justice Samith Gopal.
Sachinder Sharma of Agra has lodged an FIR against the Petitioner at Jagdishpura Police Station. It is alleged that he not only liked and shared objectionable comments about the Prime Minister on social media but also commented. These remarks have made statements that increase disharmony between the two communities, adversely affect national unity and integrity. For this, a case has been filed against him under sections 153A and B and 505 (1) (b) of IPC.
The Petitioner said that he is a student and has been implicated in false charges. He has not committed any crime. He has just liked some comments on Facebook.
Additional Government Advocate Pratham AK Sand said that the Petitioner has not only posted posts but has also made objectionable comments and shares. Records of comments made on social media were also presented in the Court.
After hearing both sides, the Court said that prima facie cognizable offense in this case appeared to be committed. There is no justification for interfering with the Petition and granting relief. The Court has dismissed the Petition.