The Supreme Court on Friday minced no words when it came down heavily on the suspended BJP spokesperson, Nupur Sharma, Times Now TV channel and its controversial anchor Navika Kumar for their role in the Prophet controversy.
The Supreme Court Bench comprising Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala asked, “What is the business of the TV channel to discuss the matter which is sub-judice, except to promote an agenda?”
The top court said that Sharma had set the country on fire with her ‘loose tongue.’ It asked why the suspended BJP spokesperson had not filed an FIR against Navika Kumar. “If there is a misue of the debate, the first thing she should have done was to file an FIR against the anchor,” the court said as it dismissed Sharma’s petition seeking the clubbing of FIRs filed against her in different parts of the country.
Several cases were filed against Sharma in different parts of the country. A team of the Mumbai Police had travelled to Delhi to arrest Sharma but she was found to be absconding. A case was also filed against Navika Kumar in Maharashtra.
The Supreme Court, according to the Livelaw website, on Friday asked, “What is her business to make these remarks?…The way she has ignited emotions across the country… This lady is single handedly responsible for what is happening in the country.”
While Times Now was quick to remove the video and issue a clarification, the channel never apologised for its role in spreading hate in society. Navika too has not cared to clarify her stand over the matter to date. Her only response on the issue was to show her support to Nupur Sharma when the suspended BJP politician said that she was receiving threats to her life.