Delhi’s Patiala House Court, on Tuesday, granted activist Shehla Rashid interim protection from arrest in a sedition case.
Delhi's Patiala House Court has granted interim protection from arrest to Shehla Rashid in connection with an FIR lodged against her under Sedition Law. An FIR was lodged on a complaint filed against her, by an SC lawyer, on allegations of defaming Indian Army through her tweets pic.twitter.com/Yry3CgABfm
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An FIR was lodged against her on a complaint filed by a Supreme Court lawyer who accused her of defaming the Indian Army through her tweets. Granting interim bail to Rashid, additional sessions judge Pawan Kumar Jain said, “After considering all the facts, the matter requires investigation in brief… till then the accused shall not be arrested, however, she will have to cooperate with the investigation as and when called by the investigation officer.”
The case will be heard on November 5. During arguments, the additional public prosecutor said the police had not even issued a notice to Shehla Rashid. The counsel for Rashid submitted that his client is ready to cooperate with the investigation and the police.
The public prosecutor said there was no complaint from the Indian Army and that the police needs at least six weeks to investigate the matter. Shehla was booked on Friday on charges of sedition over her remarks on human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370.
Officials in the special cell of the Delhi Police said the FIR was registered on September 3 and the JNU student leader was booked under sedition charges on the complaint of Supreme Court lawyer Alok Srivastav, who sought her arrest.