Supreme Court Extended Protection Granted To Advocates From Arrest In FIR Over Fact-Finding Mission On Manipur Violence


The Supreme Court in the case Deeksha Dwivedi Jaikriti v. The State of Manipur And Anr observed and has extended the interim protection granted to Advocate Deeksha Dwivedi Jaikriti, who in the case is booked in an FIR over offences of sedition and conspiracy to wage war against India, after she accompanied the fact finding team for enquiring into the ongoing Manipur violence, till the next date of hearing in the matter.

The bench comprising of CJI DY Chandrachud, Justice PS Narasimha, and Justice Manoj Misra in the case observed while hearing the plea moved by Jaikriti, an advocate against whom an FIR was registered by the Manipur police alleging offences of sedition, conspiracy to wage war against India etc, after she took part in a fact-finding mission with regards to the Manipur violence and held a press conference as part of the National Federation of Indian Women, NFIW.

The Supreme Court in the case observed and has granted interim protection from the arrest. Therefore, the said court did not hear the matter on July 14, 2013 wherein it owned to the absence of the Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta, who was representing the State in the matter.
The counsel, Senior Advocate Siddharth Dave was appearing for Jaikriti in the matter.

The bench headed by CJI DY Chandrachud said to Dave, while noting that the absence of the SG: The bench remarked that one opinion being that you have is that we can extend the interim protection and give you liberty to approach the High Court.

Adding to it, Dave responded that the High Court is shut for the present time and that the interim stay is only till 5 pm.

The bench headed by CJI in its order stated that the Solicitor General of India appears for the respondents in order to enable the said court that the benefits of the submissions of the respondent.

The court observed that it has been stated that as per the reports, the CPI leader and National Federation of Indian Women General Secretary Annie Raja and Nisha Siddhu are named as other accused persons in the FIR, which was being lodged on a complaint by an individual named S Liben Singh.

Further, the complainant took objection to the accused terming the Manipur violence as “state-sponsored”. Accordingly, the court listed the matter to be next heard on July 17, 2023.