Patna: The Patna High Court has quashed a six-year-old order of a lower court which took cognizance of a complaint against controversial Bangladeshi write Taslima Nasreen for allegedly hurting religious sentiments with a tweet.
The writer's tweet was neither malicious nor was it made to intentionally disturb any public order, Justice Arun Kumar said in his order yesterday on a petition filed by Nasreen challenging the decision of the chief judicial magistrate (CJM) court at Bettiah in West Champaran district.
The CJM court, without conducting a mandatory inquiry under Section 202 of CrPC, took cognisance in the matter, the high court said while quashing the lower court's order.
The tweet, which was allegedly made with regard to Muslim women in 2011, was published in a Hindi vernacular.
Murad Ali, an advocate at Bettiah civil court, had filed a complaint in the CJM court against Nasreen on October 24, 2011.
The CJM court took cognisance of the matter on May 24, 2012 and later issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against the writer.