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SC to Hear Nupur Sharma's Plea for Revival of Writ Petition for Clubbing of FIRs

The Supreme Court will on Tuesday, 19 July, hear the fresh plea filed by suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma.

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The Supreme Court will on Tuesday, 19 July, hear a fresh plea filed by suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, urging protection from arrest as well as the revival of her withdrawn petition seeking clubbing of FIRs lodged in several states over her remarks on the Prophet.

Sharma has sought clubbing and stay of investigations in different FIRs lodged in several states and transferring them to Delhi, he said.

Sharma has made Delhi, Maharashtra, Telangana, West Bengal, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Assam parties in her petition where FIRs have been lodged against her.

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Expunction of Remarks Made by Judges Against Her

On Monday, Sharma also sought expunction of remarks made by a vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala against her on 1 July while refusing to entertain her plea for clubbing of the FIRs, saying she has been receiving death threats after the criticism.

"In her plea seeking to pursue her earlier petition, she has contended that due to the adverse remarks against her she is facing threats to life from fringe elements", a lawyer associated with the case said.

Earlier, hearing Sharma's plea to move all the FIRs registered against her over the matter to Delhi, the bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala had criticised her 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. We saw the debate on how she was incited... She should apologise to the whole country," Bar and Bench quoted Justice Surya Kant as saying.

The apex court further noted that her outburst was responsible for the unfortunate incident in Udaipur, ANI reported.

Refusing to entertain Sharma's plea for clubbing of FIRs lodged in various States against her for the remark, the bench had held that the comment was made either for cheap publicity, political agenda, or some nefarious activities.

The same bench of Justices Kant and Pardiwala will be hearing Sharma's fresh plea on Tuesday.

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Background

Sharma's comments, delivered during a prime-time show on national television, had provoked days-long protests and a stream of international censure – and at least two people died amidst the unrest.

Sixteen nations, as well as the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which consists of 56 member states, condemned the ex-spokesperson's statements.

Indian ambassadors to Iran, Kuwait, Iraq, and Qatar were also summoned by the foreign ministries of the respective countries.

Following the uproar, the BJP suspended Sharma from the party's primary membership.

(With inputs from LiveLaw and PTI.)

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