Allahabad High Court (Lucknow Bench) shortly to hear a plea for quashing of FIR by UP police against Gareeb Nawaz Masjid Committee Secretary in relation to report by the @thewire_in on Masjid demolition.

A Division bench of A Division Bench of Justices Ramesh Singh and Narendra Kumar Johari, is hearing the matter.

#GareebNawaz #UttarPradesh @thewire_in
Advocate Tripathi: This a case, where my clients gave an interview to a news portal, @thewire_in and FIR was registered against them. It is submitted that all the charges under 153A and other connected charges are unsustainable.

#GareebNawaz #UttarPradesh @Uppolice
Advocate: There was a Mosque, which was demolished in UP, which was famously known as the Gareeb Nawaz Mosque.

We gave an interview and stated facts about the case, which is already acknowledge by this court and notices have been issued to local authorities.

Court: When was the FIR filed?

Advocate: Just after two days, when the order by this court was passed.

Court: Have you published anything on Twitter?

#GareebNawaz #allahabadhighcourt
Advocate: We gave an interview, and it was a new website which had published the interview, we just gave the facts and we had no intention to disturb the communal harmony.

#GareebNawaz #allahabadhighcourt @thewire_in
AGA (State): They were disturbing the religious harmony and their interview was being circulated on Twitter. The FIR was registered by sub-inspector.

Court: If the HC as already taken cognizance and notice has been issued to SDM, despite that you all have demolished the mosque?
Court to AGA: "Even after that you are saying that religious disturbance are being hindered by them?"

Advocate Tripathi: Even they gave an undertaking that the mosque will not be demolished, but it was.

#GareebNawaz @thewire_in
Advocate Tripathi: Notice was issued to us and they said no demolition would be taking place and only evidence will be taken, but on May 17, the mosque was demolished.

AGA: On @Twitter they had written that the mosque was demolished and all the bricks were thrown into the river
Court: If the proceedings are going on, then why are going on Twitter? Why everyone wants to be leader? The matter is sub-judice in court of law.

#GareebNawaz #UttarPradesh #allahabadhighcourt @thewire_in
Advocate: I admit that I gave the interview, but I only tabled my case and the facts. Even the High Court has taken note and notice has been issued. We have around 7-8 FIRs filed against us. In one, FIR has been stayed

#GareebNawaz #allahabadhighcourt @thewire_in
Court: Please tell when the FIR was stayed? Was it the same Police Station?

Advocate: Yes, same Police Station. Many FIRs are registered unnamed and those who protested against the demolition were charged.

#GareebNawaz #allahabadhighcourt @thewire_in
Court: Most of them are unnamed? Now other FIRs will also come and you will be named?

Advocate: At present, I am just taking about the present one, I only gave an interview.

#allahabadhighcourt #GareebNawaz @thewire_in
Court: What do you want to say?

State/AG: We need time to take some instructions, we need around 7 days time.

Court: Seven days? Then we think we have to stay the arrest?

State/AG: No, we need three days time, I will seek instructions.

#GareebNawaz @thewire_in
[FIR against Gareeb Nawaz Masjid Committee Secretary] Allahabad HC directs state to get instructions in the matter and now it will be heard on Friday.

#GareebNawaz #allahabadhighcourt @thewire_in

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