BJP’s Nupur Sharma ‘single-handedly responsible for what’s happening’ in India: SC

Nupur Sharma, former BJP spokesperson. [Photo: Facebook/Nupur Sharma]

‘Loose tongue has set country on fire, also responsible for Udaipur murder’

New Delhi: BJP leader Nupur Sharma is “single-handedly responsible” for what is happening in the country, the Supreme Court said on Friday over her comments on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that triggered massive anger among Gulf nations and violent clashes in India.

Coming down heavily on the Bharatiya Janata Party memeber, the SC-bench further observed that her “loose tongue” has not only “set the entire country on fire”, but she is also responsible for the unfortunate incident in Udaipur.

Nupur Sharma’s comments on Prophet Mohammed PBUH- amid the dispute over Gyanvapi mosque in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi – had triggered country-wide protests.

The BJP took action against her and another party member – Naveen Jindal – amid controversy over their comments. Several countries – including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait – sent official notes to India over the matter. India, however, had underscored that “all religions are equally respected in the country”.

Sharma’s “loose tongue has set the entire country on fire”, the top court said on Friday, taking a strong view as the 37-year-old requested getting all the FIRs (first information reports) filed against her – in different parts of the country – transferred to Delhi. “She should apologise to the whole country,” the court said.

“Her outburst is responsible for the unfortunate incident at Udaipur,” the court further underlined, referring to the beheading of a tailor in the Rajasthan district earlier this week, which had sparked huge tensions. Strict curbs are still place in Udaipur, which has been a popular tourist destination among tourists in India and abroad.

The court has refused her relief and underscored: “When you lodge a complaint against someone that person is arrested but nobody dares to touch you. That shows your clout.” Fact-checker Mohammad Zubair – who had highlighted Sharma’s comments on Prophet – was arrested by the Delhi Police on Monday over a tweet he had posted in 2018.

Several states, including Uttar Pradesh, had witnessed violent clashes over the derogatory remarks.


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