SC quashes FIR against Shillong Times Editor, Patricia Mukhim

Patricia Mukhim

The Supreme Court on Thursday quashed the criminal case registered against veteran journalist and Editor of Shillong Times Patricia Mukhim, in relation to a Facebook post by her decrying violence against non-tribal people in the State.

According to the legal website Bar and Bench, the judgment was on a plea filed by Mukhim, against the Meghalaya High Court’s order dismissing her plea to quash criminal proceedings.

“We have allowed the appeal,” the bench of of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Ravindra Bhat said while pronouncing the judgement.

Senior Advocate Vrinda Grover, had argued for Mukhim that there was “no assuaging of feelings of a community which has been attacked brutally.”

The case was filed against Mukhim alleging the commission of offences under Sections 153-A and 505 of IPC.

Mukhim, a Padma Shri awardee, has been targeted several times by many fringe groups.