Supreme Court quashes ‘absurd’ FIR on ‘Hinduphobic’ books | India News

NEW DELHI: Supreme Court on Tuesday cancelled criminal proceedings initiated against the principal of Indore’s New Government Law College who was booked for promoting “Hinduphobia” and hurting religious sentiments after two books, ‘Collective Violence and Criminal Justice System’ and ‘Women and Criminal Law’, authored by Dr Farhat Khan were found in the institute’s library.
The court said the FIR allegations were “absurd” since the books were part of the syllabus approved by the academic council and could be found even in the SC library. TNN
As the counsel for Madhya Pradesh also appeared, the bench of Justices B R Gavai and Sandeep Mehta asked why the state was so keen to proceed against the principal, Prof Inamur Rehman.
SC: Seems to be a case of persecution against prof
As the counsel for Madhya Pradesh also appeared, the bench of Justices B R Gavai and Sandeep Mehta asked why the state was so keen to proceed against the principal, Prof Inamur Rehman.
“Why is the state (of Madhya Pradesh) interested in getting an additional advocate general to appear in such a matter? That too on caveat? Clearly, it seems to be a case of persecution. Somebody is interested in troubling him (the petitioner). We will issue notice against the IO (investigating officer),” the bench said.
“A perusal of the FIR will reveal that it is nothing but an absurdity… The FIR taken on its face value does not disclose the ingredients of any of the offences,” the bench said.
Prof Rehman had challenged a Madhya Pradesh high court order refusing interim stay on the FIR.
According to reports, ABVP had protested against what they claimed were ‘Hinduphobic‘ books in the college library. It was claimed that one of the books, ‘Collective Violence and Criminal Justice System’, had a passage with uncha-ritable comments on Hindu society’s treatment of women.
Following a complaint from a student at the college, an FIR was registered against Prof Rehman for “promoting enmity between communities” and other offences. It led to suspension of some faculty members, Rehman’s resignation and a police case. In Dec 2022, SC had stayed Rehman’s arrest.

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