SC grants Vinod Dua protection from arrest till July 6, 2020
Dua has been charged with grave offences under the IPC, including sedition, public nuisance and printing defamatory matter
In a new development, the Supreme Court on Sunday has directed the Himachal Pradesh and Central Government to submit their responses pertaining to a plea by journalist Vinod Dua, seeking quashing of the first information report (FIR) registered against him in the state. The FIR was filed in connection with a video uploaded by him on YouTube criticising the Centre’s implementation of the Covid-19 lockdown.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice UU Lalit, which held a special sitting to hear Dua’s plea, granted him protection from arrest till July 6—the next date of hearing in the case.
It must be mentioned that Dua has been charged with grave offences under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including sedition (section 124A), public nuisance (section 268), printing defamatory matter (section 501) and intent to cause public mischief based (section 505) on a complaint filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ajay Shyam.
Commenting on the development, Sudhir Mishra noted Supreme Court lawyer and Managing Partner Trust Legal said, "This decision by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India has yet again proved that it is such a strong pillar of our vibrant democracy."
While Dua has got protection from arrest, the bench has allowed the Himachal Pradesh police to continue with the probe turning down Dua’s plea for a stay on FIR.
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