HC declines to quash FIR against Meghalaya journalist for Facebook post- The New Indian Express

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By PTI

SHILLONG: The Meghalaya Excessive Court docket has refused to quash a police grievance towards veteran journalist Patricia Mukhim for her Fb put up which allegedly incited communal rigidity between the tribal and the non-tribal communities within the state.

Disposing of a petition filed by Mukhim, a Padma Shri awardee and the editor of The Shillong Instances newspaper, Justice W Diengdoh mentioned that the investigation company ought to be given a free hand to probe into the matter.

“Within the occasion, the investigating company is required to be given a free hand to research the matter and to come back to its personal conclusion in due strategy of legislation.”

“Consequently, I discover no benefit within the on the spot petition for exercising powers beneath Part 482 CrPC. This petition is accordingly hereby rejected,” the choose mentioned within the November 10 order.

Mukhim had hit out on the Lawsohtun village “dorbar” (council) on Fb for failing to determine the “murderous components” after 5 boys had been attacked at a basketball court docket in July this 12 months.

Eleven folks had been picked up and two had been arrested within the case.

“There’s an try to make a comparability between tribals and non-tribals vis–vis their rights and safety and the alleged tipping of the steadiness in favour of 1 group over the opposite.”

“This within the opinion of this Court docket would fall on the mischief of Part 153 A (a) IPC because it apparently seeks to advertise disharmony or emotions of enmity, hatred or ill-will between two communities,” the court docket mentioned.

Regardless of repeated makes an attempt, Mukhim couldn’t be reached for remark.

The police grievance was filed towards Mukhim by the village council on July 6 for her put up on the social media, alleging that her assertion incited communal rigidity and would possibly instigate communal battle.

She was subsequently booked beneath Sections 153A (selling enmity between totally different teams on grounds of faith, race, fatherland, residence, language and many others. and different provisions of the IPC.

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