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Delhi Court Affirms FIR Against BJP Leader Sambit Patra

Additional Sessions Judge Dheeraj Mor, however, instructed law enforcement to investigate the allegations without explicitly naming Patra as an ‘accused’ in the FIR.

A Delhi sessions court has upheld an order for an FIR against BJP leader Sambit Patra. He is accused of sharing a doctored video on social media depicting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal supporting the now-repealed farm laws.

Rejecting Patra’s appeal to quash the magisterial court’s November 2021 order for FIR registration, Additional Sessions Judge Dheeraj Mor directed authorities to investigate the accusations without specifically designating Patra as an ‘accused’ in the First Information Report (FIR). Atishi, Delhi Cabinet Minister, had lodged a complaint urging the court to register an FIR against Patra, alleging that the video contained statements contradictory to the stand of Delhi’s CM and AAP on the farm laws.

The court order clarified, “…registration of FIR has been directed as the complaint discloses the commission of cognizable offence and it may not be construed that the court has given any finding regarding guilt of the petitioner.

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