Supreme Court issues notice to four States in plea by Sharjeel Imam to club FIRs for speeches in Delhi Anti-CAA protests
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Supreme Court issues notice to four States in plea by Sharjeel Imam to club FIRs for speeches in Delhi Anti-CAA protests

Earlier, the Court had already sought the Delhi Government's response on the issue. Today, four more states - UP, Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh - have been asked to respond within two weeks' time.

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The Supreme Court today issued notice to the States of Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh in the plea filed by NU student Sharjeel Imam seeking to club all FIRs filed against him for his speech during the anti-CAA protests in Delhi.

The States have been given two weeks to respond.

Earlier this month, the Court had sought the Delhi Government's response on the plea. Appearing for the Delhi Government today, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the Court that the Delhi Government's reply in the matter is ready.

During the last hearing, Advocate Siddharth Dave had apprised the Court that five different FIRs at Delhi, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh were registered against his client, Sharjeel Imam based on the same speech.

He had further pointed out that the Supreme Court had recently stayed investigation in different FIRs filed across the country against the Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, while keeping only two FIRs alive.

Now the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act is also being invoked. We seek clubbing of all the FIRS,” said Dave.

However, the Court in the last hearing had orally observed, "There is nothing wrong in police registering FIR if they come to know about some cognizable offence."

The plea concerns sedition charges slapped against Sharjeel Imam, alleging that a speech by him had "promoted enmity" between people and led to riots in and around Delhi's Jamia Milia Islamia University on December 15, 2019.

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