The Madhya Pradesh High Court has disposed of a petition filed by a Hindu girl, seeking police protection to her Muslim friend, while stating that neither her friend, nor his family, has asked for the same.
A Single-Judge Jabalpur Bench of Justice Vishal Dhagat on July 26 observed that the plea does not mention any real threat to the life and limb of Ashiq Shah or his family members from the family of the petitioner.
Neither it has been stated that any attempt has been made by family members of the petitioner for lodging an FIR against Ashiq Shah or his family members. Moreover, Ashiq and his family have not come up before the Court for protection or false prosecution, the High Court further observed.
The petitioner sought directions to the state to consider the application filed her application and provide police protection to the petitioner and her friend Ashiq Shah and his family members.
Counsel for the petitioner Ankit Saxena submitted that the petitioner is apprehending that she herself as well as Ashiq Shah and his family members will face consequences and therefore, the protection application was moved.
Justice Dhagat held that merely on the basis of asking police protection, it cannot be provided. There is no tangible threat to Ashiq Shah or his family members.
“If a complaint is filed against Ashiq Shah and his family members by the petitioner’s family member on issue touching the petitioner, then her statement/clarification may be recorded by police before taking any action,” the order read.