A sedition lawsuit against journalist Vinod Dua was dismissed by the Supreme Court today, citing a 1962 rule that protects all journalists from such allegations.
The Supreme Court threw down the sedition charge against renowned journalist Vinod Dua on June 6. The charge was filed by the Himachal Pradesh Police Department in connection with Dua’s YouTube show, in which he criticised the federal government’s actions.
The senior journalist then appealed the FIR to the Supreme Court, seeking “exemplary damages for harassment.” The Supreme Court, while dismissing the petition, rejected Mr Dua’s request that no FIR be filed against any journalist with more than ten years of experience unless it is cleared by a panel led by a High Court judge.
On the basis of a complaint lodged by BJP leader Ajay Shyam, a First Information Report was filed against him.
He said that the words made during the programme, which aired on March 30, 2020, were capable of inciting communal hatred and resulting in a breach of peace and communal unrest.
“Every journalist will be entitled to the protection under the Kedar Nath Singh judgment on sedition,” said the judges.