Friday, January 27, 2023

Nupur Sharma plea: Letter petition to CJI NV Ramana seeks withdrawal of Justice Kant’s comments against her

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A letter petition has been sent to Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Friday seeking the withdrawal of comments made by Justice Surya Kant while hearing the petition filed by suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma seeking the transfer of all cases filed against her in several parts of the country to Delhi over her remarks made during a TV debate against Prophet Muhammad.

The letter petition of social activist Ajay Gautam said Nupur Sharma should get an opportunity of a fair trial. In his oral observations, Justice Kant had said Nupur Sharma, by making her offensive remark against the Prophet, was responsible for the Udaipur massacre of tailor and for the communal fire in the country. The judge had observed that she should have apologised for the remark and criticised the TV channel for running agenda-driven programming among other points.

The letter petition said the observation made by the Court is unwanted, uncalled and without any merit and liable to withdraw. The letter petition prayed for it to be treated as a writ petition and taken on board as a PIL and issue appropriate orders or directions to the bench of Justice Surya Kant to withdraw the observations made in the matter of Nupur Sharma so that she can get the chance of a fair trial. The prayers also sought declaring the observation made by the bench of Justice Surya Kant in the matter of Nupur Sharma uncalled for.

The letter petition sought a Suo Motu transfer of all cases against Nupur Sharma in Delhi only under Article 20(2) of the Constitution and direct a trial fast-track court keeping in mind the threats to her.

The point to be noted, however, is that the order in the case doesn’t mention the observations made by Justice Kant and says the petition was dismissed as withdrawn.

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