Hearing of Shehla Rashid case postponed due to strike of lawyers, now hearing on November 15

New Delhi, 05 November: The Patiala House court of Delhi has postponed the hearing on the FIR registered in the case of tweeting on Indian Army filed against former student leader Shehla Rashid of JNU. The court deferred hearing because of the lawyers’ strike. The next hearing on this matter will be held on November 15.

However, on September 10, the court stayed the arrest of Shehla Rashid. Additional Sessions Judge Pawan Kumar Jain ordered Shehla Rashid to cooperate in the investigation.

On the basis of the complaint lodged by advocate Alok Alakh Shrivastava, the Special Cell of Delhi Police has registered an FIR against Shehla Rashid under sections 124A, 153A, 153, 504 and Section 505 of the Indian Penal Code.

After the FIR was registered, Shehla Rashid sought interim protection from arrest in Patiala House Court. During the hearing, Advocates Akram Khan and Shariq Iqbal, on behalf of Shehla Rashid, told the court that on August 17, an FIR has been filed on the basis of Shehla Rashid’s tweet. During the hearing, Delhi Police said that Delhi Police has not yet issued any notice to Shehla Rashid. On behalf of Shehla Rashid it was said that they are ready to cooperate in the investigation.

Delhi Police said that no complaint has been received from the Army in this regard. Delhi Police said that it needed time to investigate the matter. The investigation will take six weeks. After that the court said that a detailed investigation is needed in this case. The court has directed Shehla Rashid to cooperate in the investigation and join the investigation on the summoning of the investigating officer.

Advocate Alok Alakh Srivastava had filed a complaint with the Delhi Police on August 19 last. Alok Alakh Srivastava has alleged that Shehla has made baseless allegations against the Indian Army through her tweets. Alok Alakh Shrivastava had filed an FIR against Shehla Rashid on charges of sedition and spreading disharmony among the community and demanded action.

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