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HC refuses to give interim protection from arrest to Madhu Kishwar

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday refused to grant interim protection from arrest to activist Madhu Kishwar, against whom a non-bailable warrant has been issued by a Srinagar court in a criminal defamation case.

Justice Vinod Goel questioned her for approaching the Delhi High Court when the Supreme Court had entertained her plea to participate in the court proceedings at Srinagar through video-conferencing from a Delhi court.
She submitted that an NBW warrant was issued against her despite the apex court's July 24 order permitting her to participate in the court proceedings in Srinagar through video conferencing in a defamation case filed by Kashmir-based journalist Syed Shujaat Bukhari.
The high court asked Kishwar's counsel as to what steps have been taken by them following the Supreme Court's July 24 order permitting her to participate in court proceedings at Srinagar through video-conferencing from a Delhi court.
"Why protection? What steps have you taken? You want to avoid the trial. No interim protection," the judge said.
"Have you filed an application before the Srinagar trial court. Give a copy of the Supreme Court order to the Srinagar trial court and, if you fail to get relief from there, move Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

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