Criticizing PM Modi by putting up posters, Supreme Court said - on which people FIR was lodged, give full information

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah granted a week's time to petitioner Pradeep Kumar Yadav to collect information on such cases and said that instead of relying on newspaper reports, he should have collected the information himself.

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has asked a petitioner to inform the apex court about the persons arrested for allegedly putting up blasphemous posters about Prime Minister Narendra Modi in connection with the anti-Covid-19 vaccination campaign and such cases. The court said it cannot give a comprehensive order to the police not to register an FIR for putting up posters criticizing the Centre's vaccination policy.

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah granted a week's time to petitioner Pradeep Kumar Yadav to collect information on such cases and said that instead of relying on newspaper reports, he should have collected the information himself.

Yadav said such cases have been registered in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Lakshadweep and the police should be directed to give a copy of the FIR in such cases to the petitioner. To this, the bench said, 'We also read newspapers. The Lakshadweep dispute was somewhat different. The woman has been granted anticipatory bail by the Kerala High Court. There is no need to bring that controversy in this case. Which causes have been registered in Delhi and other places, you tell about them.

The court refused to issue directions to the police, saying it would amount to issuing notices to them. With this, the court listed the matter for hearing next week. The petitioner has demanded that the FIRs registered by the Delhi Police be quashed for allegedly putting up posters criticizing Modi in connection with the anti-Covid vaccination. The petition said that 25 people, including a 19-year-old youth, a 30-year-old e-rickshaw driver, and a 61-year-old artisan, have been arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly putting up defamatory posters of the Prime Minister in connection with the vaccination campaign.

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