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The Supreme Court today sought a response from the Delhi government in a plea filed by JNU student Sharjeel Imam seeking to club all FIRs filed against him for his speech during the anti-CAA protests in Delhi,
Imam has also sought that the cases be probed by a single agency.
The matter was heard today via video conferencing by a Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna.
Appearing for Imam, Advocate Siddharth Dave informed the Bench that five different FIRs at Delhi, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh were registered against his client based on the same speech.
“Now the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act is also being invoked. We seek clubbing of all the FIRS,” said Dave.
He cited the recent Arnab Goswami case, where the Supreme Court stayed investigation in different FIRs filed against the journalist across the country, while keeping only two alive.
However, Justice Bhushan observed that there was nothing wrong with registering FIRs.
"There is nothing wrong in police registering FIR if they come to know about some cognizable offence."
Justice Ashok Bhushan
The Court then asked for a copy of the petition to be served upon the Delhi government and has sought their response. The case is to be heard after ten days.
The Delhi Police recently slapped sedition charges against Sharjeel Imam, alleging that his speech "promoted enmity" between people and led to riots in and around Delhi's Jamia Mila Islamia University on December 15.