Nupur Sharma Moves Supreme Court To Prevent Arrest Following Prophet Remark Controversy

Two men killed a tailor named Kanhaiya Lal last month in Udaipur, Rajasthan, because of his social media posts endorsing Nupur Sharma. Amravati, in Maharashtra, saw a similar murder.

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Nupur Sharma, the suspended BJP spokesperson, requested a stay on the arrest from the Supreme Court on Monday in an FIR filed against her for allegedly making offensive remarks about the Prophet Mohammad on national television. In order to combine the several FIRs that have been filed against her around the nation, Sharma also requested the resurrection of her withdrawn plea. She also asked for the expunction of any negative comments made on July 1 during the hearing of her petition in this matter by a vacation bench.

Sharma had received a reprimand from an SC panel that included Justices JB Pardiwala and Surya Kant for her "disturbing" comments on the Prophet. The bench had stated that Sharma's words caused regrettable situations and sparked strong emotions all throughout the country while rejecting to hear her appeal.

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Two months prior, Sharma made her contentious remarks against the Prophet and Islam while appearing as a representative of the ruling party on television. The BJP suspended her because it sparked protests in India as well as a diplomatic dispute. Since then, two people have died.

In addition to sparking nationwide protests by Muslim organisations, some of which turned violent, Sharma's remarks also had a negative and outrageous impact, leading numerous Muslim countries to officially criticise her. Sharma was promptly suspended

from the BJP. She had asked the Supreme Court to combine all other FIRs with the one in Delhi in her previous argument as well, but the court rejected her motion, saying, among other things, that she was single-handedly responsible for what is happening in the country. She later retracted that request. However, the fact that the judges' opinions were not included in the final judgement may support her claim when she reapplies for relief. Additionally, three more FIRs have been filed since then.

In her latest plea, she claims that following the criticism of July 1, fringe individuals have continued rape and murder threats against her. But the court called her a "security threat" and said, "She faces threats or she has become a security threat?... It is shameful. She should apologise to the whole country."


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The bench received harsh feedback for the remarks. Along with former officials and retired military personnel, at least fifteen former judges claimed that some of the observations amounted to a near-exoneration of the heinous beheading at Udaipur. Two men killed a tailor named Kanhaiya Lal last month in Udaipur, Rajasthan, because of his social media posts supporting Nupur Sharma. Amravati, in Maharashtra, saw a similar murder.

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