Supreme Court: Extends Interim Relief To Pawan Khera Till 17th March 2023; FIR Over Comment Against PM

The Supreme Court in the case Pawan Khera v. State of Assam And Ors observed and has extended the interim bail granted to Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera and listed his plea on 17.03.2023. Therefore, Khera was being arrested by Assam police from Delhi airport over his comment about Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The bench comprising of CJI DY Chandrachud, Justice PS Narasimha, and Justice JB Pardiwala was hearing the present matter.
It has also been held by the court that Khera should be released on interim bail on production before the jurisdictional Magistrate at Delhi till 28.02.2023. The said court also extended the interim bail till 03.03.2023. The said court also issued a notice to the States of UP and Assam, which have registered FIRs against him, on the writ petition filed by Khera wherein seeking consolidation of the FIR. Thus, it has also been recorded by the court that the undertaking given by Khera’s lawyer Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi that he will tender unconditional apology for the statement.
The court adjourned the matter till 17th March 2023, after the court reopens post Holi vacations.
The bench headed by CJI DY Chandrachud asked the Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta who is appearing for the State of Assam, if in the said matter the state filed its counter. Adding to which it has been responded by SG in an affirmative, the bench headed by CJI DY Chandrachud informed him that the bench was were yet to receive the counter and it was not on record. Accordingly, the court granted the interim bail and listed the matter on March 17, 2023.

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