SC extends protection to journalist till July 15 in sedition case

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Tuesday extended till July 15 the protection granted to senior journalistfrom any coercive action in acase filed against him by a localleader in Himachal Pradesh over hisshow. A bench headed by Justice U U Lalit, in a hearing conducted through video conferencing, restrained thefrom arresting Dua in the case and decided to hear the journalist’s plea next Wednesday.

It also said that Dua, who has joined the police probe through virtual medium, is not required to answer supplementary questions of police in the case.

Earlier, the top court had assembled on a Sunday and had granted protection from arrest to Dua till ‘further orders’ in the sedition case.

An FIR against Dua under IPC provisions for offences of sedition, public nuisance, printing defamatory materials and public mischief was lodged by BJP leader Shyam at Kumarsain police station in Shimla district on May 6 and the journalist was asked to join the probe.

Shyam has alleged that Dua, in his programme, accused Prime Ministerof using ‘deaths and terror attacks’ to get votes.