The Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted permission to the state Crime Investigation Department (CID) to take over the probe of the cases filed against journalist Shirin Dalvi, who is under fire for publishing a Charlie Hebdo cartoon.
All FIRs filed against her will now be clubbed together, while the HC has continued the stay on Dalvi’s arrest. The cartoon was published in Dalvi’s Urdu daily Awadhnama.
In a letter written to Public Prosecutor Sandip Shinde, special inspector general of police Deven Bharti said, “With reference to your letter, this is to inform you that the investigation of offences registered at various places across Maharashtra may be taken up by the state CID, if the High Court, Mumbai desires.”
Thereafter, Justices Ranjit More and Anuja Prabhudessai gave their nod to transfer investigation and clubbing of
all FIRs against the journalist. In addition, the HC also directed that the ad-interim relief from arrest granted to Dalvi be continued.
The journalist, who could face action under Section 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code, had around five FIRs registered against her in the state, the court was informed.
She was arrested and granted bail on January 28 in one case, and in another case, she got reprieve from being arrested till February 4.
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