Supreme Court Extends Protection To 4 Members Of Editors Guild By 2 Weeks In FIRs Lodged In Manipur

The Supreme Court docket on Friday prolonged by two weeks the safety from coercive motion it has granted to 4 members of the Editors Guild of India (EGI) in reference to two FIRs lodged in opposition to them in Manipur for allegedly selling enmity between completely different teams.

A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra sought the response of the complainant, who had lodged the FIRs in opposition to the EGI and its 4 members, asking as to how the offense of selling enmity. between completely different ethnic teams was made out in opposition to them.

The Manipur authorities, represented by Solicitor Normal Tushar Mehta, mentioned the highest court docket might defend the EGI and the members for some extra time and let the plea be transferred to the Delhi Excessive Court docket if the bench wished so.

On September 11, the highest court docket prolonged until Friday the safety from coercive motion to the EGI and its members. It had additionally sought the view of the Manipur authorities on whether or not to switch their plea for quashing the FIRs and different aid to the Delhi Excessive Court docket for adjudication.

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On September 4, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh mentioned a police case had been filed based mostly on a grievance in opposition to the president and three members of the Editors Guild of India, and accused them of attempting to "provoke clashes" within the state. A second FIR in opposition to the 4 had the extra cost of defamation.

The preliminary grievance in opposition to the EGI president and its three members was filed by Nangom Sarat Singh, a retired engineer who had labored for the state authorities. The second FIR was lodged by Sorokhaibam Thoudam Sangita of Khurai in Imphal East district.

Moreover EGI president Seema Mustafa, those that have been booked are senior journalists Seema Guha, Bharat Bhushan and Sanjay Kapoor. They visited the state between August 7 and 10 to check media reporting on the ethnic violence. 

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