SC grants journalist Vinod Dua protection from arrest till July 6, in sedition case

The Supreme Court on Sunday granted journalist Vinod Dua protection from arrest till July 6, in a sedition case filed against him by BJP leader.

In the meantime, the investigation will continue and Dua has been asked to cooperate with the same.

According to Bar and Bench report, the court also issued notices to the Centre and the Himachal Pradesh government, asking them to respond to Dua’s petitions to cancel the cases against him.

Appearing for Dua, Senior Advocate Vikas Singh had pressed for a stay on the investigation, pointing out that none of the offences alleged have been made out prima facie.

“If this kind of content can attract sedition then half the country will be committing sedition,” he told the court.

The veteran journalist Dua is accused of having made certain statements in his YouTube program, the Vinod Dua show.

According to the complaint, he had accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using “deaths and terror attacks” to get votes.

An FIR accusing Dua of sedition has been filed in Simla in relation to his program on his YouTube channel. He was summoned to appear before the Himachal Pradesh Police this weekend over the same, prompting Dua to move the Supreme Court for relief.

Vinod Dua started career from Doordarshan India. He was awarded the Padma Shri for Journalism in 2008 by the Government of India