New Delhi, 08 September: The Supreme Court has refused to quash separate FIRs lodged in Uttar Pradesh against three journalists of The Wire.
A bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao said that you should file a petition in the High Court. Hearing the matter here would mean making a separate system for journalists. The Supreme Court ordered an interim stay of two months on the arrest of journalists.
The court said that we are aware of the fundamental rights and do not want the freedom of the press to be throttled, but the journalists should have approached the High Court directly before coming to the Supreme Court.
The petition was filed by the Foundation for Independent Journalism, the company that runs The Wire, journalists Siraj Ali, Mukul Singh Chauhan and Ismat Ara.
The petition sought quashing of three FIRs registered against him by the UP Police on certain reports published by The Wire.