Taslima Nasreen moves SC against FIR on tweets1 min read . Updated: 16 Dec 2013, 10:01 PM IST
The author had tweeted about Arvind Kejriwal meeting with Muslim cleric Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan
New Delhi: Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen has moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of an FIR lodged by a Muslim cleric in Uttar Pradesh against her alleging that her tweets “insulted" religious beliefs.
The apex court will on Tuesday hear Nasreen’s plea, who also sought scrapping of controversial section 66 (A) of the Information Technology Act which provides for arrest of a person hurting the sentiments of others through offensive remarks or information through electronic media, including social networking sites.
Nasreen said she feared that the “draconian" provision will be “misused" against her.
The author, who was irked over the meeting of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal with Muslim cleric Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan, had posted some comments on her twitter account. A news report of a vernacular daily, based on her twitter posts, formed basis of the FIR lodged by Khan at Kotwali police station at Bareily under section 295A (maliciously insulting the religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under section 66A of the IT Act.
The Bangladshi author, who has been living in self exile for over 19 years, has apprehended the misuse of the IT Act provisions against her also.
“In the present case, the petitioner is herself a hapless victim and her case is a glaring example of the kind of abuse and misuse which is to be expected given the vague, wide and wholly unguided language of section 66A. It highlights the serious threats to the constitutional and human rights posed by the provisions such as section 66A of the IT Act...", it said, adding her plea be clubbed with other similar petitions.
Seeking quashing of the FIR, the plea said that it has been lodged without any “preliminary inquiry" by the UP police which relied on a news report, which summarised some of her twitter posts.