Nupur Sharma, who was suspended from the BJP for her alleged remarks against Prophet Mohammad, has approached the Supreme Court. Supreme Court on Friday, 1 July slammed Nupur Sharma for her derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad, saying that she should apologize to the whole nation. The apex court added that her outburst was responsible for the unfortunate incident at Udaipur, where a tailor was murdered, the news agency reported. Hearing a plea filed by Nupur Sharma seeking transfer of the FIRs against her to Delhi, the Supreme Court slammed the BJP leader for her controversial remarks on the Prophet.
“The way she has ignited emotions across the country. This lady is single-handedly responsible for what is happening in the country,” the media quoted Justice Surya Kant as saying.
The SC has said that Sharma’s comments are “disturbing”. Senior advocate Maninder Singh questioned, “What is her business to make these remarks?” adding that she apologized for the remarks and withdrew the comments.
“She should have gone to the TV and apologized to the nation. If you are a spokesperson of a party, it is not a license to say things like this. If there is a misuse of the debate, the first thing she should have done was to file an FIR against the anchor.” “The way she has ignited emotions across the country… This lady is single-handedly responsible for what is happening in the country”: Justice Kant.
Sharma had approached the Supreme Court seeking the transfer of the FIRs against her to Delhi. The former BJP spokesperson has told the SC that there is a threat to her life. FIRs had been registered against her in several states, following her remarks on the Prophet during a news debate on the Gyanvapi mosque issue.
“What is the business of the TV channel to discuss the matter which is sub-judice, except to promote an agenda?”, the SC bench said while hearing Sharma’s plea to club FIRs over remarks on Prophet Muhammed. “There was provocation from the other debator”, sr adv Singh for Nupur Sharma submits.
Singh submitted, “Kindly see, before the anchor, the debator on the other side makes statements. Within the same community, there are serious debates on this issue. It is not something taken out of the box.” Singh refers to the orders passed by the apex court in the Arnab Goswami case, where the relief of clubbing FIRs was granted.
Towards the end of May, Nupur Sharma, then a spokesperson for the ruling BJP, had made a comment on Prophet Muhammad during a TV debate, sparking a massive outrage globally. As the clip from the debate went viral, at least 14 nations, including Qatar, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, slammed India over the comments.
The BJP, in an attempt to control the damage, suspended Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal from the party. Jindal had said that he had tweeted asking those attacking and insulting Hindu deities and it was not aimed at hurting any religious sentiments.
Issuing an official statement, Arun Singh, National General Secretary and Head Quarter Incharge of the BJP stated that the party ‘strongly denounces’ insult of any religious personalities of any religion.
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