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SC quashes FIR against Muslim academics over alleged ‘Hinduphobic’ book in Indore college library

The Supreme Court on Tuesday quashed a case registered against staff and faculties of a government-run college in Indore for a book in the library of a government-run college in Indore that Hindutva organisations claimed was “Hinduphobic” and “anti-national”.

According to liveLaw, The order said the FIR was an “absurdity”.

A bench of Justices BR Gavai and Sandeep Mehta was hearing a special leave petition by Inamur Rahman, the former principal of the Government New Law College, challenging an April 30 order of the Madhya Pradesh High Court that refused to stay the first information report filed against him.

“The FIR taken on its face value does not disclose the ingredients of any of the offences,” it said.

The case was registered in December 2022 after Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) protested against keeping a book titled “Collective Violence and Criminal Justice System” authored by Dr Farhat Khan, in the library of the Government Law College, Indore.

Rahman was forced to resign as the principal of the college after a controversy. Pressured by the then BJP government, police registered criminal cases against three academics: Rahman, Farhat Khan and constitutional law professor Mirza Moziz Beg.

On April 30, the Madhya Pradesh High Court rejected Rahman’s petition seeking to put on hold the police investigation against him till it decided on his petition to quash the first information report.

The state government has also filed a caveat, or an application seeking to be heard before any order was passed, in the case.

During the hearing, the Supreme Court bench asked why the state government was interested in filing a caveat. “Clearly, it seems to be a case of persecution,” the bench said. “Somebody is interested in troubling him [Rahman].”


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