Supreme Court advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava had filed a criminal complaint against Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia for spreading fake news in the court. During the Jamia violence, Manish Sisodia had tweeted that Delhi Police personnel were setting fire to the DTC bus during the Jamia violence.
Srivastava had moved to the Rouse Avenue Court, alleging an FIR against Sisodia for inciting violence, breaching peace under the Indian Penal Code and inciting public disturbance. The court on Friday dismissed the complaint, saying it was not a crime.
Rejecting the complaint, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja mentioned that no previous approval from the complainant was taken from the competent authority to prosecute Sisodia for the alleged crime in the complaint.
In order to prosecute Sisodia, prior approval from the competent authority i.e. Central Government is required as per law. In view of this, the court said, therefore, in view of the prescribed status of law, the application and complaint should be dismissed, which is not justified in the eyes of law.
In his complaint, Srivastava mentioned two tweets made by Sisodia. Sisodia had said in her first tweet in Hindi, that there should be an impartial inquiry immediately about what these uniformed people are putting in the buses with yellow and white color cans before the buses are set on fire. And at whose behest was this done?
He said, it is clear in the photo that the BJP has started this fire from the police while doing cheap politics.
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