Allahabad’s Supreme Court today overturned an arrest warrant issued against a man under the strict National Security Act for a Facebook post about Babri Masjid, saying there had been delays in the central government’s divestment of his representation.
The court ordered authorities to release the detenu immediately if he is not wanted in another case.
A bench of Justice Ramesh Sinha and Justice Saroj Yadav have taken the injunction on a habeas corpus petition on behalf of Mohd Faiyyaz Mansoori.
In its order, the bank said: “There was a delay in making the petitioner’s representation available by the central government and given the nature of the detention and the strictness of the law, we believe there was a disproportionate delay in the end of the central government.”
“At this point alone, the warrant of arrest can be quashed,” it said.
A case was brought against the petitioner after he allegedly made a provocative post on Facebook via Babri Masjid.
Sagar Kapoor filed a complaint at Mohammadi Police Station in Lakhimpur Kheri on August 6, 2020, after which an FIR was registered and the petitioner was arrested.
Later, the state government invoked the NSA against him.