HC extends keep on investigation in legal case towards journalist Vinod Dua

New Delhi, August 24

The Delhi High Court prolonged keep on the investigation in a legal case towards senior journalist Vinod Dua for allegedly making statements conducive to public mischief on Monday.

Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani famous that one other related matter regarding FIR towards Dua is pending earlier than the Supreme Court and stated it discovered it acceptable to listen to the case thereafter.

“It is proper that we await the decision of the Supreme Court. It can have some bearing on this case. I may get valuable guidance from the Supreme Court on the issue…. It is deemed appropriate to await the decision of the Supreme Court in that matter. Accordingly, list for consideration on September 22,” the choose stated.

The excessive court docket was listening to the journalist’s plea in search of quashing of an FIR lodged towards him by the Delhi Police Crime Branch on a grievance by a Delhi BJP chief.

The FIR was lodged on June four on the grievance of BJP spokesperson Naveen Kumar who claimed that “Dua, a known India media personality, committed offence of public nuisance, mischief, printing and engraving matters known to be defamatory, intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace”.

It stated that on March 11, Dua on his YouTube present had spoken about riots that began from February 23 in northeast Delhi and the contents of the present had been like different nationwide and worldwide information, which highlighted the mishandling of the riots by the police authorities and the central authorities.

During the listening to within the excessive court docket, advocate Anil Soni, showing for Kumar, submitted {that a} petition filed by Dua in one other FIR lodged towards him is pending earlier than the apex court docket and can come up for listening to on September 9.

He stated contemplating that the matter earlier than the highest court docket could have some bearing on the case pending within the excessive court docket, the listening to be adjourned.

Senior advocate Vikas Singh, representing Dua, opposed the plea and submitted that the current matter pertains to a unique FIR and webcast and needn’t await Supreme Court’s choice.

However, the excessive court docket stated it ought to await the choice of the apex court docket and listed the matter for additional listening to on September 22, and prolonged the interim keep order until then.

Dua has approached the Supreme Court towards the FIR registered towards him in Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla over his YouTube present on communal riots in Delhi earlier this yr.

In a reduction to Dua, the apex court docket in June had restrained the Himachal Pradesh police from arresting him and had requested him to affix the investigation and stated there shall be no keep on the continuing probe undertaken by the state police.

Dua has already been granted interim safety in anticipatory bail proceedings by a trial court docket right here.

In the continuing earlier than the excessive court docket he has additionally sought investigation into the alleged malicious and malafide exercise of the police and an order in search of cost of Rs 1 crore underneath public legislation treatment for compensation for violating his basic rights.

The petition claimed that the FIR is a “proof of the political vendetta” and is nothing however an try to stifle the independence of free speech.

In his grievance to the Crime Branch, Kumar accused Dua of “spreading fake news” by “The Vinod Dua Show” on YouTube.

Dua was additionally accused by Kumar of “misreporting” on the Delhi communal violence and stating that the “central government had done nothing to stop the violence”.

Kumar has alleged that Dua had referred to as the prime minister “toothless”.

Dua contended in his plea that the FIR was bogus because it was lodged after 75 days of the alleged incident and it has been maliciously filed towards him on false, bogus and rancid declare.

“However, the offences mentioned are serious and any action taken by the respondent (Delhi Police) would be life threatening,” the plea, filed by advocate Varun Singh, stated.

It added that he’s a senior citizen with co-morbidities like thalassemia minor with iron deficiency, anaemia, hypertension and diabetes.

“Dua has blatantly lied or has misinformed his viewers about the series of events. There are also a series of old instances where bizarre and unfounded allegations have been made against the government, police and political leaders. The reporting’s full of false content misleading context…(sic)” Kumar has stated in his grievance.

A case has been lodged underneath IPC sections 290 (punishment for public nuisance in circumstances not in any other case offered for) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) and 505(2) (statements creating or selling enmity, hatred or ill-will between lessons),  police stated.

Police has lodged FIR for the offences through which the utmost punishment is three years imprisonment. PTI

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