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Jan 26 violence FIRs: Tharoor, Sardesai and others move SC
New Delhi, February 3, 2021
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and several journalists, including Rajdeep Sardesai, have moved the Supreme Court to challenge the first information reports (FIRs) against them over their tweets on the violence during the farmers' tractor march here on January 26.
Delhi Police had filed a case against Tharoor, Sardesai, The Caravan and others on January 30 on a complaint by city resident Chiranjiv Kumar, who claimed that Tharoor and others "misled" people on the death of a protester in central Delhi's ITO when thousands of farmers swarmed the area.
Earlier, Tharoor and six journalists were booked by the Noida police for sedition, among other charges, in connection with the violence.
Journalists Mrinal Pande, Zafar Agha, Paresh Nath and Anant Nath also moved the top court on Tuesday evening to challenge the cases filed against them on charge of posting misleading tweets on the Republic Day violence.
The Madhya Pradesh Police, too, has filed a case against Tharoor and six journalists over their alleged misleading tweets in this regard.
On January 26, a section of protesting farmers deviated from the agreed route of their tractor rally and clashed with the police in several parts of the capital.