SC refuses to quash FIRs against posters critical of PM Modi over jab

New Delhi, 30 July: The Supreme Court has turned down the demand to quash the FIR lodged by the Delhi Police on the issue of posting posters holding the Prime Minister responsible for the lack of vaccine.

The court told the petitioner that you have nothing to do with the case. The demand for quashing of FIR of others cannot be the subject of a PIL.

On July 19 last, the court had directed the petitioner lawyer to file the details of the FIR.

Justice DY Chandrachud had said that the petitioner should not file the petition by merely reading the newspaper. The petition was filed by advocate Pradeep Kumar Yadav.

Yadav had said that police in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Lakshadweep have registered FIRs against the Prime Minister for putting up posters. Then the court had said that we also read newspapers. The Lakshadweep dispute is another. The woman against whom the case was filed has got bail. You give information about FIRs registered in Delhi and other places.

It was said in the petition that the Delhi Police should be directed not to register any new FIR in this matter. He had said that this is a violation of freedom of expression. He referred to the case of Shreya Singhal in 2015, in which the court had struck down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act. Despite this decision of the Supreme Court, at least 25 FIRs have been registered. These FIRs have been registered under sections 188 and 269 of the Indian Penal Code.

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