The Times Now host Navika Kumar was given temporary relief from coercive action by the Supreme Court on Monday in connection with the FIRs and complaints that had been filed against her in several states over comments made by former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma about the Prophet Muhammad during a debate that had been broadcast by the channel. In response to a petition filed by Kumar, who requested the dismissal of numerous FIRs filed against her due to comments she made during the debate she moderated on May 26, a bench made up of Justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli also sent notifications to the state governments. In connection with the FIRs and complaints filed against Times Now anchor Navika Kumar in multiple states for comments made, the Supreme Court on Monday granted temporary protection to Navika Kumar from any coercive action. The bench said “Issue notice. Returnable within two weeks. Meanwhile, as an interim measure, no coercive action shall be taken against the petitioner pursuant to the impugned FIRs/complaints or future FIRs/complaints which may be registered with respect to the broadcast of May 26,”.
Rohatgi who was an representing Navika Kumar in the court said “In the particular debate, the anchor had said nothing. The debate was about the Gyanvapi Mosque and suddenly one said something and then another retorted. The petitioner had doused the fire. The lady who had said something is facing flak from several FIRs. I have not said anything but now I face five or six FIRs in Kolkata alone,”.
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