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In a relief to TV journalist Navika Kumar, the Supreme Court on Friday transferred to the Delhi Police all the FIRs lodged against the news anchor for his controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad during a TV debate. The top court said that the FIR in Nupur Sharma’s case has also been transferred to the IFSO unit of Delhi Police for investigation and there cannot be two investigating agencies for similar complaints of the same incident.
A bench of Justices MR Shah and Krishna Murari said that no coercive action will be taken against Navika Kumar for a period of eight weeks so that she can avail the relief in the interim period. The IFSC unit of Delhi Police will be free to collect any information from the concerned state agencies for the purpose of conducting a thorough investigation and taking it to its logical conclusion.
The top court gave them liberty to approach the Delhi High Court for quashing the FIR and said that whenever such proceedings are initiated by Navika Kumar, it will be considered as per law. We clarify that we have not expressed any opinion on the merits of the allegations contained in the various FIRs/complaints. The Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) unit of Delhi Police will investigate the matter. The apex court had on August 8 granted interim protection from arrest to Kumar and issued notices to the Centre, the West Bengal government and others, seeking quashing of the proceedings initiated against him.
Nupur Sharma’s remarks on the Prophet during a TV debate triggered protests across the country and drew sharp reactions from several Gulf countries. Later the BJP suspended him. The apex court had in July granted interim protection from arrest to Sharma in connection with FIRs/complaints lodged against him in several states.