Case mentioned by Prophet: SC files club FIRs against journalist Navika Kumar

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The Supreme Court ordered the clubbing of all FIRs filed against Times Network group editor Navika Kumar in relation to a TV programme in which provocative comments against Prophet Muhammad were made by a former BJP spokesperson, Nupur Sharma, on Friday.

All FIRs would be associated with the one filed by the Delhi Police’s Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO), according to a bench led by Justice M. R. Shah. Future FIRs will also be associated with the Delhi one if they are filed.

The court also stated Navika Kumar could go to the Delhi High Court with her request to have the FIRs annulled, and it gave her protection from arrest for eight weeks. After FIRs were filed in certain states, including Maharashtra and West Bengal, about the show’s telecast on May 26, 2022, Kumar filed a petition with the Supreme Court.

The court had given her protection from arrest when it gave notice of her plea on August 10. When senior attorney Mukul Rohatgi appeared on behalf of Navika Kumar, he informed the court that she had simply hosted the programme and had not said anything. Debate centred on Gyanvapi. One competitor spoke up out of the blue, and the other contestant responded. She had actually made an attempt to put out the flames by stating that we must follow the Constitution, he said.

Nupur Sharma, who is the subject of several FIRs, has been given protection, Rohatgi noted, and numerous FIRs have been filed against Kumar in numerous states as well. He stated, “I am facing five to six FIRs in Kolkata alone…,” noting that the first was in Delhi. He claimed that in the T T Antony case, the Supreme Court had rejected a second FIR on the same legal theory.