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Supreme Court slams West Bengal Police for summoning individual from far-flung areas for allegedly defaming state government

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New Delhi, Oct 29 (ILNS): The Supreme Court has pulled up the West Bengal Police for summoning a Delhi resident woman for her Facebook post criticising the police for not implementing lockdown norms strictly and allowing a large congregation in Raja Bazar area in the north of the city.

The division bench of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Indira Banerjee heard a petition filed by Roshni Biswas, through advocate Mahesh Jethmalani challenging the issuance of summons to her by police and the Calcutta High Court asking her to appear before police for questioning on her Facebook post complaining about large congregations at Raja Bazar area of Kolkata in violation of the lockdown norms.

The FIR was registered against the petitioner for offences under section involving selling enmity between non secular teams (Section 153A), outraging non secular emotions (Section 295A), defamation (Section 500), breach of peace (Section 504), public mischief (Section 505) of IPC  and different associated provisions underneath the Data Know-how Act and Catastrophe Administration Act at Ballygunje police station.

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Mahesh Jethmalani, senior counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioner submitted that the petitioner has stated on oath that she disclaims any association with the Facebook post and that she does not operate the web page which forms the subject matter of the FIR.

Read the order here;

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