The Delhi High Court Monday refused to grant interim protection from arrest to activist Madhu Kishwar, against whom a non-bailable warrant has been issued by a Srinagar court in a criminal defamation case.
According to the reports, Justice Vinod Goel questioned her for approaching the Delhi High Court when the Supreme Court had entertained her plea to participate in the court proceedings at Srinagar through video-conferencing from a Delhi court.
“Why protection? What steps have you taken? You want to avoid the trial. No interim protection,” the judge said, adding that she wanted to delay the trial and also avoid video conferencing.
She submitted that a non-bailable-warrant was issued against her despite the apex court’s July 24 order permitting her to participate in the court proceedings in Srinagar through video conferencing in a defamation case filed by Kashmir-based journalist and Rising Kashmir Editor Syed Shujaat Bukhari.
“Have you filed an application before the Srinagar trial court. Give a copy of the Supreme Court order to the Srinagar trial court and, if you fail to get relief from there, move Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
The High Court asked Kishwar’s counsel as to what steps have been taken by them following the Supreme Court’s July 24 order permitting her to participate in court proceedings at Srinagar through video-conferencing from a Delhi court.
“You go and make a representation to Jammu and Kashmir High Court and inform about the Supreme Court order. You want to avoid video conferencing,” the court said.
Kishwar, in her plea, sought quashing of the NBW issued against her by the Srinagar trial court on August 26 in the defamation case and said if the NBW is not stayed, the apex court order will be defeated.