SC pulls up former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, says she must have apologised to nation

NEW DELHI, July 1: The Supreme Court on Friday came down heavily on former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, who allegedly made remarks against Prophet Mohammad in a televised debate, saying she was single-handedly responsible for the ensuing protests and should have apologised to the nation.
The remarks led to a spate of violence, unrest, demolitions and arrests across several States.
“The way she has ignited emotions across the country… This lady is single handedly responsible for what is happening in the country,” Justice Surya Kant, leading a Vacation Bench comprising Justice J.B. Pardiwala, observed orally.
Ms. Sharma had approached the Supreme Court to club the multiple First Information Reports (FIRs) registered across the country.
The court refused to entertain her plea, saying that the “conscience of the court is not satisfied”, following which Ms. Sharma withdrew her petition.
“These remarks are very disturbing and smack of arrogance. What is her business to make such remarks? These remarks have led to unfortunate incidents in the country…These people are not religious. They do not have respect for other religions. These remarks were made for cheap publicity or for political agenda or some other nefarious activities”, the bench said during the hearing. (AGENCIES)