SC Dismisses Journalist's Plea For Transfer of Cases Out Of Uttarakhand [See 2020 Legal Eagle (SC) 627]

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SC Dismisses Journalist's Plea For Transfer of Cases Out Of Uttarakhand [Read Judgment]

16.10.2020, New Delhi

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the plea of journalist Umesh Kumar Sharma seeking transfer of three criminal cases pending against him, from Dehradun to Delhi on the grounds of malicious prosecution within the State.

The Court observed :

When the nature of the three cases are examined, it is seen that two of the cases are property and Will related matters. One of this case is pending for last over a decade. Therefore, this court finds it difficult to accept that the cases are on account of journalistic activities of the petitioner. In fact the credibility of the journalistic activity of the petitioner is itself questioned, by a member of his sting operation team, in the third case. In such circumstances, the prosecution in the concerned three cases can’t prima facie be said to be on account of malicious prosecution.

In view of the forgoing, these Transfer Petitions are dismissed. However, it is made clear that the observations in this judgment is only for disposal of these petitions and should have no bearing for any other purpose


17 Oct 2020