Supreme Court on Tripura Violence
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The Supreme Court of India agreed to hear a petition which challenged the Tripura Police’s decision to file first information reports (FIR) against journalists, lawyers and activists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for social media posts about communal violence in the state.
What is the matter?
In the last week the state police held 102 twitter handles under the anti-terror law, laying claim that authorities required to stop the spread of rumors that could disrupt peace in the state.
Senior advocate Prashant Bhusan has citation the petition before a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana.
The chief justice advised that the petition can be heard by the High Court. However senior advocate Bhushan argued that the petition has also challenged two provisions of the anti-terror law, which are “being misused and abused at great deal”, including the wide definition of “unlawful activities”. He urged Ramana to take up the matter urgently as those booked are “imminently under threat”. On this argument the chief justice agreed to fix a date for the hearing.
After attacks in Bangladesh on Hindus last month, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad had coordinated a protest rally in Tripura on October 26, which led to violence and attacks on mosques as well as shops and homes of Muslims. However, the police have repeatedly claimed that the law and order situation in the state was “absolutely normal”. The force also affirmed that no mosques had been burnt. But as per lawyers’ report that were part of a fact-finding team said that at least 12 mosques, nine shops, three houses of Muslims were targeted during the violence. It has also been reported that the violence broke out in the wake of the “irresponsibility of the administration, along with extremist organizations and the robed interests of challenging politicians”.
Freeze account of social media users:
The police have also written to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to freeze the accounts of the 102 social media users.
In Tripura tension has been predominating by following the attacks on mosques and properties owned by Muslims.
On October 29, the High court of Tripura has taken ‘suo moto cognisance’ of the violence and ordered the government to submit a report on the matter by November 10.
The National Human Rights Commission has also inquired the Tripura government for a report on the violence after Trinamool Congress spokesperson Saket Gokhale filed a complaint.
Question & Answer:
Q1. What is the ‘UAPA’ Act?
Ans. Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act is known as ‘UAPA’ act which is an Indian law made for preventing of unlawful activities associations in India. It’s main purpose to protect integrity and sovereignty of India.
Q2. What is the meaning of ‘suo moto’ in terms of Law?
Ans. Sua sponte or suo moto or suo motu is defining an act of authority taken without any formal prompting from another party.
Q3. Who is the Chief Minister and Governor of Tripura?
Ans. Biplab Kumar Deb (CM), Satyadev Narayan Arya (Governor)
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