SC relief to Shashi Tharoor, journalists in case over tweets on Republic Day tractor rally | Deccan Herald

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Others who got the relief are Caravan magazine’s editor Vinod K Jose, Anant Nath and Paresh Nath

The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the arrest of senior Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, and senior journalists, Mrinal Pande, Zafar Agha, Rajdeep Sardesai, and others in multiple FIRs lodged against them for tweets on the death of one of the protestors due to alleged police firing during the tractor rally on Republic Day.

“We stay the arrest, till we hear the matter further,” a bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian said. 

Acting on separate pleas by Tharoor and others, the court also issued notice to the state governments of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and others.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Tharoor and others sought immediate stay on the arrest of petitioners.

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As Sibal pleaded for no coercive action, till this matter is further taken up for hearing, CJI Bobde asked him, “Where is the danger?” 

The court asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta if the petitioners are going to be arrested.

Mehta, for his part, urged the court to take up the matter on Wednesday.

“One should always think what could be the horrendous effect these tweets have? They have a lot of followers, you can’t tell the impact of the tweets” he said.

On this, the court stayed the arrest and sought a reply from the state governments within two weeks.

Others who got the relief are Caravan magazine’s editor Vinod K Jose, Anant Nath and Paresh Nath.

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