A social media post which claims that the Supreme Court has retracted its its comments against Nupur Sharma, citing it were personal opinion of the judges is being widely circulated. Through this article let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.
Claim: Supreme Court retracted its comments against Nupur Sharma, citing it were personal opinions of the judges.
Fact: Following the scathing remarks by the Supreme Court judges on Nupur Sharma for her remarks on Prophet Mohammed, a group of retired judges, bureaucrats and armed forces wrote an open letter to Chief Justice of India condemning the observations made by the bench while hearing the Nupur Sharma case. Demands to impeach the judges are also being raised. However, till date, the SC or the judges did not withdraw the comments. In fact, AIBA wrote a letter to CJI, asking him to ignore the petition seeking withdrawal of comments made by the judges. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
Earlier, Nupur Sharma has filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking to club all the FIR’s registered against her across various cities for her remarks on Prophet Mohammed. The plea also sought to transfer all these cases to Delhi.
Rejecting the plea, the Supreme Court has made some scathing observations against Nupur Sharma, holding her ‘responsible for what is happening in the country.’ As reported by the news articles, the court also opined that her ‘loose tongue has set the entire country on fire’ . However, the SC only made these observations orally and did not record them in its official order rejecting the plea.
Following these SC remarks, a group of retired judges, bureaucrats and armed forces on 05 July 2022 wrote an open letter to the Chief Justice of India condemning the observations made by the bench while hearing the Nupur Sharma case.
A petition has also been filed in the Supreme Court asking the Supreme Court to take back its oral comments on Nupur Sharma. Further, a change.org petition to impeach the two Supreme Court judges for their observations on Nupur Sharma is raised and the petition has garnered nearly 50,000 signatures.
However, as on date, the two Supreme Court judges did not withdraw their comments against Nupur Sharma. Had the Judges withdrawn their comments, media would have reported it.
In fact, as per a news report the ‘All India Bar Association has written a letter urging Chief Justice of India N V Ramana not to take cognizance of a letter petition which has sought withdrawal of adverse remarks made by a Supreme Court bench against suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma’. However, the Chief Justice did not make any comments on this yet.
To sum it up, the Supreme Court judges did not withdraw their comments on Nupur Sharma as of 08 July 2022.