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Vinod Dua sedition case: the Supreme Court annuls the sedition FIR against journalist Vinod Dua | India News


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday annulled an FIR registered against journalist Vinod Dua last year for sedition and other crimes.
The FIR was introduced by a local BJP leader in Himachal Pradesh during Dua’s YouTube show.
SC said police across India must scrupulously follow the sedition law established 60 years ago by a 5-J SC bank in the case ‘Kedar Nath Singh vs State of Bihar’ before filing FIRs and making arrests of journalists.
SC in the Kedar Nath Singh case had ruled that a citizen could not be charged with sedition charges for criticizing public measures or comments on government action, no matter how energetic, as it would be compatible with the fundamental right to freedom expression.
However, a bench of Judges UU Lalit and Vineet Saran rejected Dua’s request to establish a high-level committee in each state to examine sedition charges brought against 10-year-old journalists.
On July 20 of last year, the superior court had extended until further orders the protection granted to Dua from any enforcement action in the case.
The higher court had previously said that Dua did not need to answer any other supplementary questions posed by the Himachal Pradesh police in relation to the case.
BJP leader Shyam filed a FIR against Dua under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code for alleged offenses of sedition, public nuisance, printing defamatory materials and public damages at the Kumarsain Police Station in Shimla district el May 6 last year and the journalist was asked to join the probe.
Shyam has alleged that Dua, on his YouTube show, accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using “killings and terrorist attacks” to obtain votes.

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