SC grants 5-week protection against NBW to Congress' Randeep Surjewala in 23-year-old case
New Delhi, November 9: In a significant development, the Supreme Court has granted a five-week shield against the Non-Bailable Warrant (NBW) issued to Congress National Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala. The NBW is related to a 23-year-old case involving a violent protest at the divisional commissioner's court and office compound in Varanasi.
A Bench comprising Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra directed that the NBW against Randeep Surjewala shall remain inactive for the next five weeks. Additionally, the Bench granted a four-week period for Surjewala to file an application before the Varanasi court, seeking the cancellation of the NBW.
The Special Judge (MP-MLA) in Varanasi had issued the NBW on November 7, 2023, summoning Surjewala to appear before the court on November 21 in connection with the case related to the violent protest. The court also addressed a letter to the Delhi Police Commissioner, instructing him to ensure Surjewala's appearance on the specified date.
During the hearing, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing Surjewala, informed the Bench that the case traces back to 2000 when an FIR was lodged against him for alleged political agitation during his tenure as a youth Congress leader. Singhvi highlighted that the incident occurred in 2000, and the summons were issued 22 years later in August 2022.