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Patna HC quashes lower court order against Taslima Nasreen

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

The High has quashed a six-year-old order of a lower which took cognizance of a complaint against controversial Bangladeshi write Taslima Nasreen for allegedly hurting religious sentiments with a tweet.

The writer's tweet was neither malicious nor was it made to intentionally disturb any public order, Justice Arun Kumar said in his order yesterday on a filed by Nasreen challenging the decision of the chief judicial magistrate (CJM) at Bettiah in West Champaran district.


The CJM court, without conducting a mandatory inquiry under Section 202 of CrPC, took cognisance in the matter, the high said while quashing the lower court's order.

The tweet, which was allegedly made with regard to Muslim women in 2011, was published in a Hindi vernacular.

Murad Ali, an advocate at Bettiah civil court, had filed a complaint in the CJM against Nasreen on October 24, 2011.

The CJM took cognisance of the matter on May 24, 2012 and later issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against the writer.

The author, who is living in India in a self-imposed exile, had challenged the CJM's decision through her lawyer Amit Srivastava in the high which had stayed proceedings and execution of NBW on April 15, 2013.

Srivastava said that Murad Ali, the complainant at Bettiah lower court, did not appear in the high for six hearings including yesterday when the HC passed the order.

Nasreen had fled Bangladesh in the early 1990s after right wing Muslim outfits issued death threats to her.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, October 13 2017. 16:57 IST
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