Sahanwaaj Hussain: The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stay the Delhi High Court’s order ordering the registration of an FIR against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shahnawaz Hussain on a complaint filed by a woman alleging rape. However, the Supreme Court agreed to list Hussain’s appeal against the High Court decision next week. The Delhi High Court has ordered registration of an FIR against Hussain on a woman’s complaint. The court said there was no error in the 2018 order of the lower court which had directed the registration of the FIR. The High Court also quashed its interim orders to stay the implementation.
The BJP leader’s lawyer Mohit Paul told a bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana, “Now, if an FIR is filed, my SLP (special leave petition) will become infructuous.” Lawyer Mohit Paul said: “My 30th year is unblemished public life and it will be tainted.” He called for an early admission of the petition for hearing and a temporary stay in the implementation of the High Court’s decision.
The High Court rejected the petition
The bench asked to list the petition next week. The bench comprising Justice Hima Kohli and Justice CT Ravikumar was also present. The court refused to grant a temporary stay regarding the implementation of the High Court’s decision. The Supreme Court in its order on Wednesday said, “The present petition is not maintainable. The petition is dismissed. The interim order is held to be ineffective. FIR must be filed forthwith. The inquiry must be completed and the detailed report under Section 173 of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) must be submitted to the Metropolitan Magistrate within three months.
Woman approached court for rape case against Shahnawaz Hussain
In 2018, a woman from Delhi sought a trial and requested the police to register an FIR against Hussain over her allegation of rape. On 7 July 2018, a magistrate court had ordered registration of an FIR against Hussain, holding that a cognizable offense had been made out based on the woman’s complaint. The BJP leader had challenged the court’s order in the sessions court, which rejected his plea.
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