Jharkhand HC Discharges BJP MP Nishikant Dubey Booked For 2009 Demonstrations

Author : Nimisha Nayak

Updated On : February 15, 2024

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In a significant ruling, the Jharkhand High Court has exonerated Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader and Member of Parliament, Nishikant Dubey, from all charges in a criminal case that stemmed from a demonstration in 2009. The decision, delivered by Justice Sanjay Kumar Dwivedi, underscores the fundamental rights of public representatives to peacefully address public issues.

The case, titled Nishikant Dubey vs. The State of Uttarakhand, revolved around a protest organized by Dubey and other BJP leaders in 2009, which had led to extensive traffic disruptions due to road blockages. Dubey had appealed against the Sessions Court's decision to uphold the Magistrate's order to frame charges against him and others for their involvement in the demonstration.

Highlighting the essence of democracy, Justice Dwivedi's ruling emphasized the rights of public representatives to engage in peaceful protests to highlight relevant societal issues. Referencing Article 19 of the Constitution of India, the court reaffirmed the right to freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, and movement, noting that these provisions enable citizens to express concerns and public issues through non-violent means.

During the proceedings, Dubey's legal team argued that their client had not committed any overt act during the protest and had encouraged demonstrators to maintain peace. In contrast, the state's counsel argued for the legitimacy of the case based on the protest and the resultant disruptions.

Despite these arguments, the High Court found the charges against Dubey, particularly under section 353 of the IPC regarding obstruction to public servants, to be without merit. The court declared these allegations inapplicable, leading to the dismissal of the case against the BJP MP.

This ruling not only frees Nishikant Dubey from the charges but also sets a precedent emphasizing the legal protections available to public representatives when engaging in peaceful demonstrations. It reaffirms the significance of the right to freedom of speech and expression, as enshrined in the Indian Constitution, highlighting its critical role in the functioning of a vibrant democracy. The decision by the Jharkhand High Court is expected to have far-reaching implications on the rights of public representatives and the lawful exercise of democratic freedoms in India.

Jharkhand HC Discharges BJP MP Nishikant Dubey Booked For 2009 Demonstrations

Author : Nimisha Nayak

February 15, 2024

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In a significant ruling, the Jharkhand High Court has exonerated Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader and Member of Parliament, Nishikant Dubey, from all charges in a criminal case that stemmed from a demonstration in 2009. The decision, delivered by Justice Sanjay Kumar Dwivedi, underscores the fundamental rights of public representatives to peacefully address public issues.

The case, titled Nishikant Dubey vs. The State of Uttarakhand, revolved around a protest organized by Dubey and other BJP leaders in 2009, which had led to extensive traffic disruptions due to road blockages. Dubey had appealed against the Sessions Court's decision to uphold the Magistrate's order to frame charges against him and others for their involvement in the demonstration.

Highlighting the essence of democracy, Justice Dwivedi's ruling emphasized the rights of public representatives to engage in peaceful protests to highlight relevant societal issues. Referencing Article 19 of the Constitution of India, the court reaffirmed the right to freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, and movement, noting that these provisions enable citizens to express concerns and public issues through non-violent means.

During the proceedings, Dubey's legal team argued that their client had not committed any overt act during the protest and had encouraged demonstrators to maintain peace. In contrast, the state's counsel argued for the legitimacy of the case based on the protest and the resultant disruptions.

Despite these arguments, the High Court found the charges against Dubey, particularly under section 353 of the IPC regarding obstruction to public servants, to be without merit. The court declared these allegations inapplicable, leading to the dismissal of the case against the BJP MP.

This ruling not only frees Nishikant Dubey from the charges but also sets a precedent emphasizing the legal protections available to public representatives when engaging in peaceful demonstrations. It reaffirms the significance of the right to freedom of speech and expression, as enshrined in the Indian Constitution, highlighting its critical role in the functioning of a vibrant democracy. The decision by the Jharkhand High Court is expected to have far-reaching implications on the rights of public representatives and the lawful exercise of democratic freedoms in India.

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