The Bombay High Court Monday directed the police not to file a chargesheet in the cases registered against Shirin Dalvi, former editor of Urdu newspaper Awadhnama, which had published on its cover page the controversial caricatures from French weekly Charlie Hebdo in January 2015. The court directed the police to wait for the final disposal of Dalvi’s plea.
Multiple FIRs had been registered against Dalvi in places such as Mumbai, Thane and Malegaon for allegedly spreading malicious content and hurting religious feelings. Dalvi had approached the HC to challenge these complaints. A division bench headed by Justice V M Kanade, while admitting Dalvi’s petition, said, “People are very sensitive about such matters.” He then directed the police to not file chargesheet pending final hearing and disposal of her petition.
The newspaper, currently shut, had issued an apology after it published the controversial caricatures. Dalvi had been arrested and later released on bail.