Srinagar, June 18: The trial court Srinagar Saturday directed the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar to conduct an inquiry for ascertaining whether or not there are sufficient grounds to proceed in the complaint filed before it against former BJP spokespersons Nupur Sharma, Navin Jindal, and others over the recent blasphemous remarks against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) .
The court of City Judge while hearing the matter noted that all the accused persons in the case reside outside the territorial jurisdiction of this Court and thus inquiry under Section 202 CrPC is mandatory before issuing process against the accused persons.
In this connection, the court referred the case for investigation to SSP Srinagar with a direction to conduct enquiry under Section 202 of the Code of Criminal Procedure for ascertaining whether or not there is sufficient ground for proceeding in the case.
The court directed the authorities to conclude inquiry in the matter before the next date of hearing which was fixed on July, 28, 2022 .
Previously, a complaint was filed by lawyer Mohammed Ashraf Bhat through advocate N.A Ronga before the trial court seeking punitive action against Sharma Jindal, and others for the alleged blasphemous remarks against Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
The lawyer also sought action against the accused for committing offences including "criminal conspiracy" and "promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion".
It was submitted before the court on May 26, 2022, TV host Navika Kumar aired a TV - Debate ' The Gyanvapi Files ' on Times Now which was set out by the accused, Kumar and Compliance Officer KirtimaMaravoor, with the intention of spreading hatred, stigmatizing and demeaning the Muslim community on national television which is accessible and within the reach of the huge number of people and has a huge societal influence.
The complainant stated that while Nupur Sharma used "inflammatory and derogatory" remarks about the Prophet (PBUH), Jindal endorsed it by publishing a tweet from his official Twitter handle, uttering "similar blasphemous remarks against Prophet (SAW) wilfully and intentionally".
He further stated that Navika Kumar, who was hosting the show on Times Now news channel, did not condemn or interject the statements made by Sharma.
It was further submitted in the complaint that the accused persons with common intention and with a view to hurt the sentiments and emotions of the followers of Islam inluding complainant have uttered and spoken the language highly insulting to the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
"This has been done not only to hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims including the complainant but also to create an opportunity in the country, to violate the religious tolerance of the people and create an atmosphere of communal rioting," the complaint says.
The complaint stated that the act of the accused commenting on Prophet Mohammed ( PBUH ) ' s character with such confidence has disturbed the peace and tranquillity by spreading hate and thereby resulting in communal violence.
It stated that the accused persons acted with the common intention to hurt the religious sentiments of Muslim community.
"The statements have been made with the intention of causing enmity, hatred and ill-will between religious communities and goes against the secular fabric of the country and religious tolerance," the complaint read.