Pleading before SC attempted to overturn FIRs against those criticizing PM Modi by posting posters

A petition has been filed in front of the Apex court seeking to overturn the FIRs registered by Delhi police against people who allegedly posted posters criticizing the way Prime Minister Narendra Modi dealt with the pandemic and the bypasses national vaccination policy.

On the billboards, an individual, PM Narendra Modi, asked why the vaccines intended for children were being sent abroad.

The petition stressed the fact that citizens enjoy the freedom of speech and expression enshrined in Article 19 (1) (a) and that the Delhi police have inappropriately restricted the exercise of that freedom.

The petitioner, a lawyer, has been looking for instructions not allowing Delhi Police to register FIR against brochures, advertisements or posters against COVID-19. In addition, the petitioner has also searched for records on the basis of which such FIRs were registered.

The petitioner cited media reports which found that based on FIRs registered at various police stations, the Delhi police had arrested 25 people as allegedly the main actors behind such posters.

The aforementioned FIRs were registered under Section 188 of India’s Criminal Code, which deals with disobedience to an order duly issued by a civil servant and under Section 3 of the Prevention of Property Defacing Act.

Although a majority of those arrested have been released on bail because the FIRs had been registered under criminal offenses, the petitioner has attempted to restrict such improper arrests carried out for the exercise of liberty under Article 19 (1) (a) of the Constitution of India .

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