The Supreme Court has asked the Allahabad high court to decide within a month Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari’s petition challenging slapping of the National Security Act (NSA) for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Prophet Mohammad.
Also accused of circulating pamphlets against the Muslim community, Tiwari has been in a Lucknow jail since his arrest in December last under the NSA — a tough 1980 law that makes securing bail difficult for an accused.
He was arrested after students of Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband and other members of the Muslim community staged a protest demanding action against Tiwari.
On Friday, his counsel Hari Shankar Jain told a bench headed by justice Dipak Misra that the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad high court had yet to decide on his habeas corpus writ petition.
The bench said a habeas corpus petition had to be given immediate attention. “Steps should be taken to decide it forthwith,” it added.
Even so, the bench gave the high court four weeks to decide on Tiwari’s petition. It noted that the matter was listed on August 31, and the petitioner’s detention period was to end on December 9 this year. The matter shall be heard and the judgment delivered within the period, it added.
The bench directed the SC Registry to send a copy of its order to the registrar general of the Allahabad high court as also the registrar of the high court’s Lucknow bench.