SC received’t quash FIR for comment on Sufi saint


Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 7

The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday refused to quash FIRs against TV news anchor Amish Devgan for his alleged defamatory remark against Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti but said the protection from arrest given to him would continue if he cooperated with the investigation.

A Bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, however, clubbed all seven FIRs lodged against Devgan in Maharashtra, UP, MP and Telangana to Ajmer in Rajasthan. It also asked the stated concerned “to examine the threat perception of the petitioner and family members and take appropriate steps as may be necessary.”

Devgan had sought clubbing of all cases against him for what he described as an “inadvertent mistake” of uttering “Chishti” in place of “Khilji” in a show telecast on June 15. He had issued a clarification and apologised for the slip of tongue. Such errors can’t be treated as criminal offences, he had submitted.


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  • Amish Devgan had sought clubbing of all cases against him for what he described as an “inadvertent mistake” of uttering “Chishti” in place of “Khilji” in a show telecast on June 15.
  • He had issued a clarification and apologised for the slip of tongue. Such errors can’t be treated as criminal offences, he had submitted.



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