Indian SC tells
Nupur Sharma to
apologise to whole
country for derogatory

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NEW DELHI: The Indian Supreme Court on Friday berated Nupur Sharma, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) suspended official whose derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) last month sparked global protests, saying she should “apologise to the whole country”.

Suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma

“We saw the debate on how she was incited. But the way she said all this and later says she was a lawyer, it is shameful. She should apologise to the whole country,” NDTV quoted Justice Surya Kant as saying.

Sharma, as the BJP’s spokesperson, and another party leader, Naveen Kumar Jindal, had made disrespectful remarks about Holy Prophet (PBUH) last month, drawing criticism and rebuke from across the world, particularly Muslim countries.

For its part, the BJP had suspended Sharma and expelled Jindal after the strong reaction to their comments. However, an uproar was witnessed over the remarks across the world and within India, as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party faced condemnation in Muslim countries and other nations. Muslims took to the streets across Asia, including India, where protesters faced a crackdown by Indian authorities.

Meanwhile, multiple cases were registered against Sharma in different cities, following which she moved the SC to transfer all cases against her to Delhi, citing threats.

Justice Surya Kant

As the SC took up her plea on Friday, it blamed Sharma for “igniting tension” by her derogatory comments about Holy Prophet (PBUH). “She is single-handedly responsible for what is happening in the country”, Hindustan Times quoted the court as saying.

“Her outburst is responsible for the unfortunate incident at Udaipur,” the court added, referring to the grisly beheading of a tailor in the Indian city earlier this week.

According to India Today, the court noted that Sharma’s comments were made either for “cheap publicity, a political agenda or for some nefarious activities”. The court also said that she had “threatened the security of the nation”.

“A spokesperson can’t make such statements. Sometimes power goes into the heads of people and they think they are everything. Why didn’t she (Sharma) file a case against the ones who instigated her to make these statements?” the SC bench said.

The Hindustan Times reported that the court dismissed Sharma’s petition, saying: “When you lodge a complaint against someone, that person is arrested but nobody dares to touch you. That shows your clout.”

SC declines Nupur Sharma’s request

Indian Supreme Court, New Delhi

According to ANI report, the Supreme Court on Friday declined suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma’s request to transfer to Delhi of all the FIRs registered against her across the country for her controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad and allowed her withdraw her plea from the top court and avail alternate remedies.
A vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala in its order stated, “Senior counsel for the petitioner seeks and is permitted to withdraw the present writ petition with liberty to avail alternate remedies available under the law. The writ petition is dismissed as withdrawn.” During the hearing today the bench told senior advocate Maninder Singh, appearing for Sharma, that it was not inclined to entertain the plea and suggested him to withdraw it and moved appropriate court.
The apex court further said that she and “her loose tongue” has set the entire country on fire and she is single-handedly responsible for what is happening in the country and said she should “apologise to the whole country”.
It also came down heavily on Nupur Sharma and said that her outburst is responsible for an unfortunate incident in Udaipur, where a tailor was murdered.
Rejecting Sharma’s request to transfer all the FIRs to Delhi for investigation, the bench told her counsel Maninder Singh, “No, Mr Singh. The conscience of the court is not satisfied. We can’t mould the law accordingly”.
Senior advocate Maninder Singh who appeared for Sharma then withdrew the plea.
During the hearing, when Singh told the bench that Sharma is facing threat to her life, Justice Surya Kant said, “She has a threat or she has become a security threat?”
“The way she has ignited emotions across the country. This lady is single-handedly responsible for what is happening in the country,” the bench said.
“We saw the debate on how she was incited. But the way she said all this and later says she was a lawyer with ten years standing? It is shameful. She should apologise to the whole country,” the apex court said.
The bench also took a grim view of the TV news channel for hosting the discussion on the Gyanvapi case which is a subjudice matter in which Sharma, who was one of the guests, made the controversial remarks.
The apex court was hearing a plea filed by Sharma seeking the transfer of all the FIRs registered against her across the country to Delhi for her remarks on a TV news channel debate about Prophet Muhammad which had led to violent protests and riots in many States. (ANI)