On December 9, the Supreme Court asked the West Bengal government to withdraw the 4 FIRs against OpIndia editor-in-chief Nupur J Sharma. The Supreme Court not only expressed concern about the reduced level of tolerance towards dissenting opinions, but also said journalists suffer the consequences of information that is in the public domain.
SC: “Journalists suffer the consequences of what is otherwise also in the public domain. I hope others will follow ”.
– Utkarsh Anand (@utkarsh_aanand) December 9, 2021
Nupur J Sharma and other OpIndia editors were represented by Senior Counsel Mahesh Jethmalani and Attorney Ravi Sharma. While the State of West Bengal was represented by Senior Counsel Siddharth Dave.
Read Nupur J Sharma’s statement on the Bengal government’s 4 FIR withdrawal against her
This note can be slightly emotional, so please be indulgent with me. In 2020, I was interrogated for hours about 3 malicious FIRs that were filed against me. The FIRs involved a report we wrote on Azan playing a Durga puja pandal, a report on COVID handling in Bengal, and one on the Telinipara riots where Hindus were attacked.
During this time my husband, who has nothing to do with OpIndia, was questioned, my father threatened and Rahul Roushan, our CEO, was also called in for questioning.
A year after the Supreme Court suspended these FIRs, the government of Bengal resurrected another FIR that we had no idea about. The FIR concerned three reports on the riots in Telinipara. The case was quickly turned over to the CID by the government of Bengal and the malicious campaign against OpIndia continued.
The Supreme Court also suspended this FIR and called on the government of Bengal to respond.
In the meantime, after the stay, threats were addressed to me, which forced me to leave Bengal for good.
In an almost cathartic end to this saga, today the Supreme Court assured that the Government of Bengal is withdrawing the 4 FIRs against me with scathing comments against the Government of Bengal.
Maybe I’ll write a longer post to express how far I’ve come so far, but in this note I would like to thank our readers, who supported us when I doubted myself. I want to thank the OpIndia team who have been rock solid and I want to thank my friends who did not leave me even when I was potentially losing my mind after leaving Bengal. For my family, words would fail. My husband and daughter happily uprooted themselves so that I could continue to fight for the Dharma. It is a debt that I will never be able to repay.
Senior Lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani and Lawyer Ravi Sharma are the two people who helped me regain my freedom and they did everything because they believed in us, without charging a dime. OpIndia, and I personally, will be forever indebted to them.
First of all, I would like to thank the Supreme Court of India. They confirmed the truth today.
OpIndia took on the malicious, motivated and power-drunk state and emerged victorious. It is a victory for every dharmic voice that fought for us, supported us and supported us.
We will continue to do the work we do and I know you will continue to be our rock.
Jai Siya Ram.