The UP police had also named Twitter in the FIR as it failed to take down the tweets and allegedly allowed the video to go viral. The FIR was registered in the backdrop of an elderly Muslim man's claim in a video that his beard was cut off and he was forced to chant Vande Mataram and Jai Shri Ram.
DCHL then approached the Bombay High Court claiming that the termination was arbitrary. The HC in September 2012 appointed retired Supreme Court Justice C K Thakker as the sole Arbitrator to decide the matter.
It was said in the petition that Covid-19 restrictions have adversely affected the book publishing industry and if availability of alcohol was considered during lockdown, the petitioner organisation pondered why books could not be included among essential services.
The Counsel further mentioned that in view of provisions of Section 437(6) of the CrPC, the applicant should be released on bail, if the trial of the criminal case is not concluded by the trial court within a period of 60 days from the first date fixed for recording evidence.
The petition has further raised the issue indicating that whether the High Court can entertain a PIL and direct the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry without it being shown that there was an abuse of power of investigation.