A Petition has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking to quash all the FIR registered by Delhi Police against those who allegedly put-up posters condemning PM Narendra Modi over the administration of the Covid-19 pandemic and the national vaccination policy.
The Petition was filed by Advocate Pradeep Kumar Yadav seeking direction on the Delhi Police not to register FIR in relation to Covid posters on ground that citizens have the right to freedom of speech and expression.
The Plea also called for records from the opposite parties regarding the registration of FIR in the matter and also pleaded to stop registering any FIR in this connection.
As per the media reports, the Delhi Police had arrested around 25 people in cases registered at various police stations across the City, while they were still trying to ascertain the key players behind the posters.
Based on further complaints, as many as 17 FIR’s had been registered under Section 188 of the IPC and other relevant sections including section 3 of the Prevention of Defacement of Property Act across various districts of the Delhi Police.
A senior police officer has said, “More FIRs are likely to be registered if further complaints are received in this regard. As of now, the investigation is underway to ascertain on whose behalf these posters were being put up and accordingly further action will be taken”.
However, since the offences registered against such people were bail able, majority of the arrested had been released.