The Supreme Court has transferred all FIRs against Naveen Kumar Jindal to the Delhi Police in connection with the prophet remark row
In a ruling issued on Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that all FIRs lodged across the country against Naveen Kumar Jindal because of his alleged derogatory comments against Prophet Muhammad should be transferred to the Delhi Police.
In addition, Justices MR Shah and MM Sundresh granted Jindal temporary protection pending the conclusion of the Delhi Police investigation.
As a result of this ruling, Jindal is permitted to seek quashing of the FIRs filed against him for his alleged remarks by the Delhi High Court.
All future FIRs will also be transferred to the Delhi Police for investigation.
The Delhi Police IFSO Unit will receive all FIRs. “No precipitate action will be taken, or further FIRs will be filed against the accused for eight weeks so that he can pursue his appropriate remedy before the Delhi High Court,” the bench stated.
In a similar case, the Supreme Court had earlier granted similar relief to suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma in connection with several FIRs/complaints filed against her in several states in connection with her remarks on the Prophet during a television debate.
Delhi Police’s Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) would investigate the FIRs.
Sharma’s comments regarding the Prophet during a TV debate prompted protests across the country. From several Gulf countries. She was subsequently suspended from the BJP.