A tweet was posted by Prashant Bhushan in which he said, “ministers were feeding the opium of Ramayana & Mahabharata to the people”. He was granted interim protection by the Apex Court. After getting formal replies from the complainant and the state government the bench heard the case.
On Friday The Supreme Court granted interim protection from arrest to activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan over a tweet. He stated in the tweet that ministers were “feeding the opium of Ramayana & Mahabharata to the people to divert their attention from the plight of the poor during the lockdown.” He approached the court after an FIR filed in Gujarat accusing him of hurting religious sentiments. He sought protection from arrest and quashing of the FIR that also said his statement could cause fear or alarm among the public. A two weeks protection is granted to him by the bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna after a plea was filed for the same. The bench will hear the case after getting formal replies from the complainant and the state government.
Justice Bhushan stated that how Bhushan could object to people watching anything on TV. “How can you object to what people are watching on TV? The advocate who was representing Mr. Bhusan stated that there is no need for arguing about this topic because the tweet was posted in response to a photograph of union information minister Prakash Javadekar watching Ramayana. “As crores starve & walk hundreds of miles home due to forced lockdown, our heartless ministers celebrate consuming & feeding the opium of Ramayana & Mahabharata to the people.”