SC extends safety from arrest for Vinod Dua until July 15

Satya Prakash
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 7

The Supreme Court on Tuesday prolonged safety from arrest until July 15 for senior journalist Vinod Dua who’s going through a sedition case in Himachal Pradesh.

A Bench led by Justice UU Lalit directed the Himachal Pradesh Police to file a report on the probe into the case in opposition to Dua probe in a sealed cowl and posted the matter for additional listening to on July 15.

“Whatever we have, we will file it”, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta advised the Bench.

The Bench made it clear that it intends to eliminate the case by the following listening to. The high courtroom has made it clear that Dua doesn’t must reply the supplementary questionnaire.

Questions like why did Dua—with 45 years of expertise in journalism—relied on one other newspaper article for his reportage was not related, it stated, including such questions did not type any empirical proof in a sedition case.

“Won’t it amount to stay?” Mehta questioned.

On behalf of Dua, senior advocate Vikas Singh asserted that Journalists have been free to criticise the federal government.

“I have freedom of speech and I have a right to criticise the government. Police refused to give us details on the nature of complaint even though the Supreme Court asked for a status report. When they could not do anything, they invoked the Disaster Management Act,” Singh submitted.

Singh stated sedition was not made out as he did not incite violence and created public dysfunction.

The Supreme Court had on June 14 refused to remain the probe right into a sedition case in opposition to Dua by Himachal Pradesh Police in Shimla however protected him from arrest.

It had requested Dua to affix the probe and cooperate with the police within the course of by means of video conferencing or on-line mode. Police can interrogate Dua at his residence in Delhi after giving him a 24-hour prior discover, it added.

The Bench had issued notices to Himachal Pradesh Government and the Centre on Dua’s petition in search of quashing of the FIR.

Asking the Himachal Pradesh Government to file a standing report on probe, the highest courtroom posted the matter for additional listening to on July 6.

Now the report might be filed by July 15, the following date of listening to.

Dua had moved the highest courtroom after being requested to affix the investigation at Kumarsain Police Station in Shimla district on or earlier than June 13 by 10 am sharp.

Dua (66) did not need to go to Shimla due to his previous age, medical situation and COVID-19 pandemic which made him susceptible.

Earlier, the Delhi High Court had stayed the summons issued to him in reference to an FIR in opposition to him for allegedly spreading faux information on communal violence in Delhi in February by means of his YouTube present.

The Shimla FIR has been registered on the occasion of Himachal Pradesh BJP chief Ajay Shyam who filed a prison criticism in opposition to Dua accusing him of instigating violence in opposition to the federal government by allegedly spreading faux information.

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