Calcutta HC Quashes FIR Against Journalists, Declares “Authorities Have Acted Unreasonably”

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The petitioners in the case are owners of an online news portal. There is an action taken against them based on the FIR registered on 28th 2020. Calcutta High Court finds it to be the hasty action on behalf of the police and quashes the FIR.

Facts of the case

The petitioners are owners of an online news portal. Safiqul Islam and his wife are owners of the web channel Arambagh TV. They are consistent in reporting news about the corrupt practices among politicians. The police registered a series of FIR against them about the same. The police registered another FIR on 28th June 2020. The authorities did not explain the delay in the registration of FIR. The arrests were immediate and unreasonable. 

Court’s Decision 

The court’s decision was based on the arguments and evidence provided to them. The court kept the previous judgement as to the base for deciding this case. There is a mandatory rule to conduct a preliminary inquiry before registering an FIR. Here the authority did not conduct a preliminary inquiry before registering the FIR. The court also questioned the authority of whether an immediate arrest is necessary. The authorities did not provide any satisfactory for the same. The court is not satisfied with the information provided by the authority. Hence they quashed the FIR and have asked the authorities for a report about the same.


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