Nupur Sharma had approached the court to get protection from arrest in the cases filed against her.
New Delhi: Ousted BJP leader Nupur Sharma will not be arrested for now, said the Supreme Court on Tuesday while hearing the leader’s plea against the possibility of arrest.
The Supreme Court has also asked various states to respond to Nupur Sharma’s request to club the multiple FIRs that have been filed against her. The court will take up the matter on August 10.
Delhi, Maharashtra, Telangana, West Bengal, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Assam are the states that have been asked by the Supreme Court to reply to her request to merge the cases.
Nupur Sharma’s lawyer Maninder Singh reportedly told the court, “There is ever increasing threat to her safety. No amount of security could help her. Whatever happened in Supreme Court last time may have happened. But there is a real and genuine threat now. In Bengal also there is an FIR against her.”
On July 1, while hearing Nupur Sharma’s plea, the apex court had slammed her and said her comments had led to the Udaipur beheading incident. The Supreme Court had also said that she should apologise to the nation for her comments against Prophet Mohammed.
Justice Surya Kant had said, “We saw the debate on how she was incited. But the way she said all this and later says she was a lawyer it is shameful. She should apologise to the whole country.” The bench had added, “Nupur Sharma single-handedly responsible for what is happening in the country.”
The Supreme Court had also slammed the TV channel that held the debate where Nupur Sharma made the comments and Delhi Police for its purported inaction. “What has Delhi police done? Don’t make us open our mouth? What was the TV debate for? Only fan an agenda? Why did they choose a subjudice topic?” the bench had asked.
Earlier, the BJP had suspended its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled its Delhi media head Naveen Kumar Jindal from the primary membership of the party following their derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad and Islam. The development had come a day after an incident of stone pelting and communal clashes were reported in Kanpur during the visit of Prime Minister.