The Allahabad High Court on Friday dismissed a petition seeking to quash a FIR registered against four news journalists allegedly for inciting a violent mob protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.
Stating that the correctness of the allegation had to be tested on the basis of a proper trial, a division comprised by Justice Manoj Misra and Justice Deepak Verma observed,
"As correctness of the allegation is to be tested on the basis of material collected during the course of investigation and the evidence led in trial, the prayer of the petitioners to quash the first information report cannot be accepted."
The Petitioners had contended that they were news journalists and had been 'falsely implicated' merely because they had put queries to the police officials while they were covering the incident.
They have been booked under Sections 147, 148, 149, 307, 332, 333, 353, 504, 506, 153-A, 427 of IPC and Section 7 Criminal Law Amendment Act for breach of peace, participating in unlawful assembly, rioting, attempting to murder, etc. vide an FIR dated December 20, 2019, lodged at Nahtaur Police Station in Bijnor district of UP.
Case Title: Afzal Quraishi & Ors. v. State of UP & Ors.
Case No.: Crl Misc WP No. 4245/2020
Quorum: Justice Manoj Misra and Justice Deepak Verma
Appearance: Advocate Rajeev Sawhney (for Petitioners); Additional Govt Advocate Deepak Misra (for Respondents)
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