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Supreme Court quashes sedition case against journalist Vinod Dua

In June 2020, the Supreme Court gave interim relief from arrest to Dua in this case. However, then the bench had refused to stay the FIR.

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The Supreme Court has quashed the sedition case against senior journalist Vinod Dua. This case against Dua was registered by Himachal Pradesh Police last year. The matter was related to a video of Vinod Dua, which he uploaded on YouTube and criticized the central government’s covid lockdown.

The judgment was pronounced by a bench of Justices UU Lalit and Vineet Saran. The bench said, “We are quashing the FIR and the case proceedings. Every journalist will be entitled to protection under the Kedar Nath Singh verdict.”

In June 2020, the Supreme Court gave interim relief from arrest to Dua in this case. However, then the bench had refused to stay the FIR.

This FIR was done by a BJP leader from Himachal Pradesh.

On 6 October 2020, the bench of Justice Lalit and Justice Saran had reserved the decision after hearing the arguments of Vinod Dua, Himachal Government and the complainant.

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