The Supreme Court on Friday wondered why the Tamil Nadu government had charged a YouTuber, accused of spreading fake news about labourers from Bihar getting attacked in Tamil Nadu, under the stringent National Security Act (NSA).
Issuing notice on the plea by accused Manish Kashyap for clubbing the FIRs against him in Bihar with those in Tamil Nadu, a bench of Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud and P S Narasimha told senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who appeared for the state government, “We will club the FIRs, but NSA?…. Why this vengeance against this man?”
The bench allowed Kashyap to amend his plea to challenge the imposition of NSA. The court orally remarked that it would transfer the FIRs to Bihar, and fixed the hearing for next week.
Sibal opposed the FIRs being transferred to Bihar and said that they relate to separate incidents. He said Kashyap, who had 60 lakh followers, had gone to Tamil Nadu, interviewed people and made fake videos alleging that migrant labourers from Bihar were being attacked.
He said Kashyap is a politician and had contested elections.
The bench, however, said the “drift of all his videos are one and the same — that Bihari migrants are being attacked. Therefore we are not quashing prosecution at all. But regarding the posts, let all of them be investigated by the same agency.”
Senior advocate Sidharth Dave, who appeared for Kashyap, said he was already in custody in Bihar and Tamil Nadu police had taken him on a production warrant.Most Read 1 Gadar 2 box office collection day 4: Sunny Deol film records biggest Monday collections of all time, nets a total of Rs 173 cr 2 Bigg Boss OTT 2 Finale Live Updates: Elvish Yadav wins Salman Khan’s show, Abhishek Malhan shares message from hospital 3 Happy Independence Day 2023: Wishes Images, Whatsapp Messages, Status, Quotes, and Photos 4 OMG 2 box office collection day 4: Pankaj Tripathi-Akshay Kumar film delivers better Monday than opening Friday, earns Rs 55.1 cr 5 Jailer box office collection Day 5: Rajinikanth film set to cross Rs 350-crore mark worldwide on Independence Day Advertisement
On Sibal’s contention that Kashyap had gone to Tamil Nadu, Dave said he had done that to verify (allegations of migrant workers coming under attack). “If not verified, they would say he was sitting in Bihar and tweeting from there without coming and verifying…. If I go to TN, (you say) I am inciting…I don’t understand this.”
Dave contended that the invocation of NSA is mischievous.
The counsel appearing for Bihar said Kashyap’s conduct is not only confined to the posting of videos but there are eight criminal cases pending against him. The State called him a “habitual offender”.Also ReadNarendra Modi Independence Day Speech Live Updates: India now identified ...Govt SOP for Judges: Do not name officials for court panelsShivaji statue vandalised in Goa, police initiate inquiry‘Will return to Red Fort next year’: In Independence Day speech, PM Modi ...
Adjourning the matter, the bench agreed to Dave’s request that Kashyap not be moved from Madurai central jail, where he is lodged.© The Indian Express (P) Ltd