For the BJP and for all the supporters who backed Nupur Sharma, it was a day of embarrassment as all their hardcore support met a strong blow from the Supreme Court as it has upended the story through its scathing remarks against Nupur Sharma, which sparked a debate on whether the BJP will expel her from the party after her action was jibed by the top court.
BJP's then spokesperson Nupur Sharma has recently triggered a nationwide agitation with her comments against Prophet Muhammad during a television debate and besides the protests across the nation, her comments had also sparked a diplomatic crisis as several Arab countries had slammed Sharma's comments and expressed their condemnations to the Indian diplomats. Amid the tensions, the BJP has suspended Nupur Sharma from her post but not from the party.
Days after she made her comments, the Supreme Court has on Friday - July 1 has weighed the magnitude of the matter and sharply blamed Nupur Sharma for igniting tensions with her comments. The Supreme Court bench comprising of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala has come down hard on Nupur Sharma in a fashion that Justice Kant didn't spell out her name and quoted her as "This lady". The apex court is of the opinion that Nupur Sharma is single-handedly responsible for such unrest across the country.
In his ruling, Justice Kant said, "The way she has ignited emotions across the country. This lady is single-handedly responsible for what is happening in the country. We saw the debate on how she was incited. But the way she said all this and later says she was a lawyer, it is shameful. She should apologize to the whole country." According to Bar and Bench, the judges also took a grim view of the television channel for hosting the discussion in which Sharma has made the degrading remarks.
The court's ruling has come when the bench was hearing a plea filed by Sharma to transfer FIRs registered against her in different parts of the country to Delhi. She sought the directive for the transfer on the grounds of possible threats. During the hearing, the judges said, "When you file FIRs against others, they are immediately arrested but when it's against you, nobody has dared to touch you." The court further said that Sharma's comments had shown her obstinate and arrogant character.
The court has noted that Sharma thinks she has a backup of power and asked whether she can make any statement without respect to the law of the land. Sharma's lawyer replied that she had only responded to a question by the anchor during a TV debate. Responding to the lawyer's view, the judges said that the case should also be filed against the host of the debate, which was held with a crux of the Gyanvapi case.
When Nupur Sharma's lawyer referred to the citizens' right to speak, the judges of the top court said, "In a democracy, everyone has the right to speak. In a democracy, grass has the right to grow and the donkey has the right to eat." The court has further noted that Sharma has made irresponsible statements without thinking of the ramifications and consequences they will have on the fabric of society. It has stated that these kinds of people are not religious as all religious people respect every religion.
After around 30 minutes of heated arguments, the Supreme Court bench said that when the court is not convinced about the plea and it would not entertain Sharma's petition, following which Nupur Sharma's counsel has withdrawn the petition. As the top court has spelt a ruling against her, Nupur Sharma now ought to appear for the investigation in every state where FIR has been lodged. On the other hand, the ruling has sparked fresh trouble for the BJP as the party has been slammed for not expelling her.